Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust: History and Representation

Edited by Sara J. Brenneis and Gina Herrmann

© 2020

Spain has for too long been considered peripheral to the human catastrophes of World War II and the Holocaust. This volume is the first broadly interdisciplinary, scholarly collection to situate Spain in a position of influence in the history and culture of the Second World War. Featuring essays by international experts in the fields of history, literary studies, cultural studies, political science, sociology, and film studies, this book clarifies historical issues within Spain while also demonstrating the impact of Spain's involvement in the Second World War on historical memory of the Holocaust.

Many of the contributors have done extensive archival research, bringing new information and perspectives to the table, and in many cases the essays published here analyze primary and secondary material previously unavailable in English. Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust reaches beyond discipline, genre, nation, and time period to offer previously unknown evidence of Spain’s continued relevance to the Holocaust and the Second World War.

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Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust is the first comprehensive historical and cultural study of Spain’s unique relationship to this turbulent historical period.

Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust: History and Representation

Edited by Sara J. Brenneis and Gina Herrmann

© 2020

Spain has for too long been considered peripheral to the human catastrophes of World War II and the Holocaust. This volume is the first broadly interdisciplinary, scholarly collection to situate Spain in a position of influence in the history and culture of the Second World War. Featuring essays by international experts in the fields of history, literary studies, cultural studies, political science, sociology, and film studies, this book clarifies historical issues within Spain while also demonstrating the impact of Spain's involvement in the Second World War on historical memory of the Holocaust.

Many of the contributors have done extensive archival research, bringing new information and perspectives to the table, and in many cases the essays published here analyze primary and secondary material previously unavailable in English. Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust reaches beyond discipline, genre, nation, and time period to offer previously unknown evidence of Spain’s continued relevance to the Holocaust and the Second World War.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 736 pages
  • Illustrations: 17
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.7in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust is a major contribution to the knowledge about the relationship between Spain, WWII and the Holocaust, a knowledge plagued by myths and half-truths. It is remarkable and commendable that Sara J. Brenneis and Gina Herrmann were able to bring together the work of such an array of renowned scholars from diverse disciplines."


    Daniela Flesler, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, Stony Brook University

    "With historical breadth and intellectual depth, specialists in Holocaust studies will see and learn something new from this book; and those for whom the Holocaust in Spain is a largely unexplored, it will serve as a solid and very helpful point of reference."


    David Herzberger, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of California, Riverside
  • Author Information

    Sara J. Brenneis is a professor of Spanish at Amherst College in Massachusetts.


    Gina Herrmann is the Norman H. Brown associate professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    Sara J. Brenneis and Gina Herrmann

    Prologue: Jews and Spaniards at Meeting Points of their Histories during the Nazi Era
    Haim Avni

    I. Legacies of Antisemitism in Spain

    1. Hero and Monster: The Place of Jews in Spain’s National Identity
    Raanan Rein and Martina L. Weisz

    2. Antisemitism and Philosephardism in Spain, 1880–1945
    Gonzalo Álvarez Chillida

    II. Spain and the Fates of Jewish Communities

    3. Spain and the Jews during the Holocaust
    Jacobo Israel Garzón

    4. The Franco Regime and the Jews of North Africa during World War II
    Isabelle Rohr

    5. Spain: Refuge of Jews fleeing Nazism during World War II
    Josep Calvet

    6. Routes of the Renowned and the Nameless: Clandestine Border-Crossing at the Pyrenees, 1939–1945
    Tabea Alexa Linhard

    7. Spanish Jews in Bergen-Belsen Camp, 1943–1944
    Maria Fragkou

    8. Beyond Duty: The Spanish Foreign Service’s Humanitarian Response to the Holocaust
    José Antonio Lisbona

    III. Spanish Exiles in France

    9. Spanish Republicans Exiled in France during the Second World War: War and Resistance
    Geneviève Dreyfus-Armand

    10. From Internees to Liberators: Spanish Republican Exiles in France, 1939–1945
    Robert Coale

    11. The Stateless Monument: Memory of the Spanish Republicans Murdered in Mauthausen
    Juan M. Calvo Gascón

    IV. Spanish Republicans in Nazi Camps

    12. Spanish and Catalan Women in Ravensbrück
    Gina Herrmann

    13. Between Compiègne and Neuengamme: Testimony and Trauma of Spanish Prisoners in German Concentration Camps
    Andrea Hepworth

    14. Spain’s Mauthausen: Narratives of the Nazi Deportation of Spanish Republicans, 1946–2015
    Sara J. Brenneis

    15. Joaquim Amat-Piniella’s Novel K.L. Reich: The Deported Gaze
    Marta Marín-Dòmine

    16. Jorge Semprún and the Holocaust
    Soledad Fox Maura

    17. Montserrat Roig and her Contribution to the Memory of the Republican Deportation
    Rosa Toran

    V. Propaganda

    18. Francoist Antisemitic Propaganda, 1939–1945
    Javier Domínguez Arribas

    19. The Catholic Church and the Jews in Franco’s Spain during the Holocaust, 1939–1945
    Graciela Ben-Dror

    20. The Politics of Survival: Madrid’s Pro-Jewish Propaganda and the Canonization of Francisco Franco as Benefactor of Jews
    Pedro Correa Martín-Arroyo

    21. Tainted Visions of War: Antisemitic German Propaganda in Spain
    Mercedes Peñalba-Sotorrío

    22. A Touch of Nazi Sophistication: The Promotion of Spanish Culture in Wartime Germany
    Marició Janué i Miret

    VI. The Blue Division

    23. The Blue Division and the National Question in the Occupied Territory of Russia, 1941–1943
    Boris Kovalev

    24. Representations of the Blue Division in Memoir and Fiction
    Macarena Tejada López

    VII. Nazis in Spain

    25. Spain’s Neutral Holocaust: Memories of the Axis Alliance in Francoist and Post-Franco Spain, or “The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Otto Skorzeny”
    Joshua Goode

    26. Nazis, Real and Imagined, in Post-World War II Spain
    David Messenger

    VIII. The Holocaust in Contemporary Spanish and Ladino Culture

    27. Memory and the Ethical Imagination: The Holocaust and Deportation to Mauthausen in Twenty-first Century Spanish Theater
    Marilén Loyola

    28. Audiovisual Production on the Republican Deportation and Spain as Haven of the Nazis
    Isabel Estrada

    29. With Sepharad as a Void: Recent Reckoning with the Holocaust in Spanish Fiction
    Stacy N. Beckwith

    30. “Only Writing Matters”: Anne Frank in/and Spanish Holocaust Poetry, 1966–2004
    Paul Cahill

    31. The Words that Replace the Elusive Past: Some Recent Ladino Poetic Responses to the Holocaust
    Shmuel Refael

    32. Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust in Spain
    Marta Simó

    IX. Afterlives: Holocaust Appropriations in Spain

    33. Between “No Pasarán” and “Nunca Más”: The Holocaust and the Revisiting of Spain’s Legacy of Mass Violence
    Alejandro Baer and Natan Sznaider

    Contributor Biographies

    Bibliography

    List of Archives

    Index

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