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  1. pajkennedy says

    The film records the crimes of the Franco fascists in Extramadura. These scenes by Pathe cameraman Rene Brut are of Almendralejo/ Badajoz after they had been captured by Franco's columns late August 1936. See Paul Preston "The Spanish Holocaust" Harper Press (2012) pgs 309-323. Preston states pg 309: "According to contemporary press reports, more then one thousand people...were shot...local historians investigating the repression during occupation and the following three months have been able to confirm the names of over 400 men and of 16 women but conclude that the number of both sexes executed was certainly much higher."
    pg 322: "On 17th of August, the cameraman Rene Brut of Pathe News reels arrived and was able to film piles of bodies for which an act of courage he was later imprisoned and threatened with death by the insurgent authorities." See also Civil,Extremadura,Imagenes.pdf for some shot by shot analysis.

  2. Ramón.palacios says

    Indeed these images correspond to the terrible events that happened in Spain in August 1936. We can see the slaughter of Badajoz, where thousands of people were killed by the army of Franco. The destroyed church corresponds to the Parish of the Purificación, in Almendralejo, that was bombed by nacionalist troops because several snipers were entrenched in the tower. You can also see Almendralejo jail, where many innocent people were burned alive by the communist hordes.

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