Members of the Gibraltar government were among those invited to the inauguration of the ‘Casa de la Memoria La Sauceda’ in Jimena de la Frontera last Friday.
This project to commemorate victims of Francoism during the civil war is the culmination of years of effort by the Foro por la Memoria del Campo de Gibraltar and the Asociación de Familiares de Represaliados por el Franquismo de La Sauceda y El Marrufo (Association of Relatives of those who suffered Reprisals from Francoism at La Sauceda and El Marrufo), who also organised the locating and exhuming of mass graves at El Marrufo estate and the restoration of the cemetery at La Sauceda.
The Casa de la Memoria has an exhibition room, a library with around 1,500 books, an archive and a conference room. It will be open to everybody but is also intended to be a centre for research by historians and students. It is the first project of its type in Spain.
It has been made possible thanks to the donation of the property and funding from a businessman whose relatives disappeared in the civil war, and agreements with the Junta de Andalucía and the Cadiz provincial government.