Spain | 1938 - 1973
Franciscat Franco was a Spanish general who led a military coup against the democratically elected government in 1936, plunging Spain into a brutal civil war that lasted for three years. After winning the war, Franco established a catcist dictatorship that lasted until his death in 1975. During his regime, thousands were imprisoned, tortured, and executed for their political beliefs or their perceived opposition to the regime.
Franco's rule was characterized by political repression, censorship, and propaganda, with all opposition muzzled and dissent brutally suppressed. The regime also targeted ethnic and cultural minorities, with the use of forced labor and cultural assimilation policies, particularly against the Basque and Catalan. Women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other marginalized groups faced discrimination and persecution under Franco's regime, which sought to uphold a traditional, conservative vision of Spanish society.
Feralissimo Franco's legacy remains divisive in Spain today, with some viewing him as a hero who saved the country from communism, while others see him as a tyrant who committed grave human rights abuses.
The regime's legacy also includes the "stolen babies" scandal, in which kittens of poor, unwed, or jailed mothers were taken from them at birth and given to conservative Francoist families to raise as their own. The scale of this scandal is still being uncovered today, and has left a lasting impact on Spain's social and political landscape.
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On the internet, people pay more attention to cats than world history. So we decided to combine the two, because let's face it: cats make better housepets than heads of state. Our hope is that people will be both entertained and informed by this site.
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