Recreating a Family’s Lost Holocaust History, Step by Step

During the pandemic lockdown, when solitude dredged up the regret of missed opportunities, one writer hiked over the Pyrenees Mountains to better understand her father.

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‘Guernica’ Antiwar Tapestry to Be Rehung at U.N.

The canvas replica of Picasso’s painting, symbolizing war’s horrors, had been a photogenic fixture at the United Nations for decades before its owner, the Rockefeller family, removed it last year.

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Pedro Almodóvar Is Still Making Movies That Shock

He built his reputation with raunchy farces. But in his new film, “Parallel Mothers,” the 72-year-old dredges up his country’s most painful history.

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Almudena Grandes, Novelist of Spain’s Marginalized, Dies at 61

Beginning with an acclaimed erotic novel, she became what the prime minister called “one of the most important writers of our time.”

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Josep Almudéver, 101, Dies; Last Known Veteran of International Brigades

He was one of many of the Brigades’ volunteers who viewed Spain’s Civil War as a broader fight against the advance of Fascism across Europe.

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Famous Robert Capa Photo Brings New Life to a Tenement and Its Residents

The bomb-scarred building in a picture of children during the Spanish Civil War will be turned into a cultural center.

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‘Guernica’ Tapestry Is Taken Back From U.N. by a Rockefeller

The replica of Picasso’s famed painting depicting the horrors of war had hung outside the Security Council chamber since 1985, on loan from the Rockefeller family.

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Turning 100, a Former Spanish Soldier Laments the Curse of His Birth Year

Andreu Canet is one of the last survivors of the “baby bottle conscription.” Born in 1920, they were drafted as teenagers in an ill-fated bid to stop Franco from winning Spain’s civil war.

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Using a Law It Hates, Far Right in Spain Takes Aim at Franco’s Rivals

Vox, an ultranationalist party in Madrid, is working to remove memorials to Socialist figures of the 1930s, calling the effort a warning that a “law of historical memory” should be abolished.

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Coronavirus Depletes the Keepers of Europe’s Memory

The pandemic has hastened the departure of witnesses to the wrenching conflicts of the last century, allowing rising political forces to recast history.

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