On 31st May 1938 Granollers was bombed by Italian fighter planes who were supporting Franco's forces in the Civil War. I want to write about that nearer the anniversary but today I saw some news I thought was interesting.
A court in Barcelona has ordered that there should be an investigation into crimes against humanity when civilian areas of Barcelona were bombed earlier that year, also by Italian forces. Because of the 1977 law of amnesty that guarantees members of Franco's regime immunity from prosecution there have been no opportunities to challenge whose who committed crimes in the Civil War. But because the bombing of Barcelona (and Granollers) was done by foreign troops(although clearly with the approval of Franco) it is possible to slip past this legal muffler of truth. Here is an article in Spanish with a lot more information.
There is always the question - is it better to move on and let tragic sleeping or dead dogs lie? Or is it important to open up old wounds so that they can be cleansed and heal?
It is all so recent. Living memory. People who were victims of the bombing are still alive. And those who bombed - many of them too are still alive. Although quite old. But does that make them innocent? Personally I have always thought it important to get things out into the open - but it also depends on whether is is done with the intention of healing and moving on or of punishment. It's such a big question and one I expect that will be discussed here a lot while the process unfolds.