Media revelations that during and shortly after the Spanish Civil War of 1936–1939 the Franco regime removed tens of thousands of children from political opponents and placed them in care homes or with families loyal to the regime where they were educated to despise their parents’ beliefs sparked vigorous debate in Spain. To understand these ‘lost children of Francoism’, Peter Anderson’s new book examines the rise from the nineteenth century of ideas of the ‘dangerous parent’ and the growing power of the state to remove children. It explores the removal of children before and during the early Franco regime and asks who lost children, how, and why. The book also links removal practices in Spain to other countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United States, all of which face uncomfortable questions about their mass child-removal policies: Spanish practices help us understand these cases too.
Dr Peter Anderson
is Associate Professor of Twentieth-Century History in the School of History at the University of Leeds. He is co-editor of European History Quarterly and has published widely on the Franco regime. His co-edited book Franco's Famine:
Malnutrition, Disease and Starvation in Post-Civil War Spain
, was published by Bloomsbury in 2021.
Giles Tremlett is a member of the Cañada Blanch Centre at the London School of Economics, as well as a journalist for The Guardian with opinion pieces and international articles. His publications include Ghosts of Spain, Isabella of Castile and Catherine of Aragon. He won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography in 2018.
is the Senior Assistant Commissioning Editor for Academic History at Oxford University Press.