Prisoners in Francoist Spain with Jessica Thorne


On this episode of our Spanish Civil War Interview Series I was joined by Jess Thorne to discuss the treatment and experiences of prisoners during the Civil War and after. Discussing prisoners during a Civil War is always interesting because their experiences are often quite different than what is experienced by more traditional Prisoners of War. There was a political dimension for why they were imprisoned during the war, and then why they were kept in prison after the war was over and we discuss that dimension and the consequences of it.


Further Reading

  • Anderson, Peter, and Miguel Ángel del Arco Blanco, eds. Mass Killings and Violence in Spain, 1936–1952: Grappling with the Past. 1st ed. Routledge, 2014.
  • Bravo, Gutmaro Gmez. “The Origins of the Francoist Penitentiary System, 193648.” International Journal of Iberian Studies 23, no. 1 (October 1, 2010): 5–21.
  • Kuby, Emma. Political Survivors: The Resistance, the Cold War, and the Fight against Concentration Camps after 1945. Cornell University Press, 2019.