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Shocking indeed. Similar atrocities occurred all over Spain during the Civil War, though not on such a dramatic scale. I've just discovered that an abandoned village in the mountains near where I live was bombed by the Nazis in 1936, and 300 people were killed. A few of the stone cottages were rebuilt and it is now a recreational centre.

Has the prompted you to find out more? Paul Preston's books are very good, Anthony Beevor is a bit dry.
 

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If anyone likes listening to podcasts, the latest "Hardcore History" by Dan Carlin covers the history of the bombing of civillian populations. He does a segment on Guernica which is pretty hard hitting.
 

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As you say, shocking.
Picasso's painting based on the pain and suffering of that day
We were in Madrid last October, two things now off our 'bucket list' were Visiting Museo Reina Sofía to view Picasso's Guernica and a visit to Museo del Prado to see Hieronymus Bosch's triptych The Grarden of Earthly Delights..

Here in North America there is a Travel series 'Rick Steves' on his coverage of Spain he visited The Basque Country travelled to Guernica and also the Museo Reina Sofia where he explained a little of the vision behind the painting. That plus our own research made viewing the painting all the more memorable..
 

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We were in Madrid last October, two things now off our 'bucket list' were Visiting Museo Reina Sofía to view Picasso's Guernica and a visit to Museo del Prado to see Hieronymus Bosch's triptych The Grarden of Earthly Delights..

Here in North America there is a Travel series 'Rick Steves' on his coverage of Spain he visited The Basque Country travelled to Guernica and also the Museo Reina Sofia where he explained a little of the vision behind the painting. That plus our own research made viewing the painting all the more memorable..
Both of those are well worth it, aren't they?
 

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Both of those are well worth it, aren't they?
Absolutely, we spent ages looking at them I felt that I needed to be ******d to 'wake up' it was very moving having read about them to actually be there standing in front of them, especially The Garden of Earthly delights. DH had his first introduction to that painting as one of the panels 'Hell' I think was the album cover of one of his Deep Purple records and it always intrigued him. (Thank goodness he doesn't play that kind of music too often these days) Phew !!
 

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