Travel the traces of the Republic, the Civil War and the repression in Dénia through the itinerary of democratic memory

30 March 2023 - 14: 40

The Dénia City Council has collaborated with the Alicante Civic Commission for the Recovery of Historical Memory in the elaboration of the Democratic Memory Itineraries guide: Dénia, which was presented yesterday afternoon at the Public Library with the intervention of the Councilor for Culture , Raul Garcia de la Reina and the authors. The itinerary of democratic memory dedicated to Dénia is traced and written by Teresa Ballester, a pioneer historian in the study of the Republic and the Civil War in the Marina Alta, and Rosa Seser, Dénia archivist, both of whom are well acquainted with this period of our recent history, who have written the content with care and historical rigor.

The Alicante Civic Commission for the Recovery of Historical Memory is the promoter of these itineraries, a project fully subsidized by the Ministry of the Presidency and Democratic Memory, which also includes the publication of guides in the cities of Orihuela and Monóvar, towns which were also the scene of important events during the years of the Civil War and the first Franco regime. The University of Alicante is in charge of coordinating the edition.

In the itinerary dedicated to Dénia, there is room for data related to the Republic, the Civil War and the period of subsequent repression, all structured in a 56-page guide, with photographs and documents from the Dénia Municipal Archive, published in Valencian and Spanish. , and that in not a long time, it will be possible to consult with a QR code that will facilitate access to all.

The route outlined has an estimated travel time of 2 hours, starting at the port and ending at the Plaza de Valgamedios. The authors propose 9 stopping points, in which they recommend stopping, introspecting and stopping to think about what sentíeven those deniers and deniers, using the guide to situate the facts in space to make them real. For example, going through the tunnel-refuge imagining the darkness, the crowd of people fleeing the bombing, the uncertainty and insecurity, the smell of fear...

Or stroll down Calle de la Vía aware that on the morning of October 18, 1938, German aviation dropped its bombs on the city killing 14 people, mostly soldiers who were making a protective trench, but also some civilians, like José Avargues, a 16-year-old Denier.

Passers-by will also be able to feel a shudder when they see what were spaces of repression at the end of the war: the basement of the Maristas school, which housed prisoners, or the Morand warehouses, on Calle de la Mar and Carlos Sentí, which originally kept raisins; during the Republic they were public schools; in the war, a refugee reception center and, when finished, a closure center for prisoners from the judicial districts of Dénia and Pego. Also the buildings on Avenida de Gandia with Avenida de València, where the Spain concentration camp was located, a facility where there were more than 1.500 people.

The nine stops through the urban center are complemented with visits to places located in the outskirts of the city such as the cemetery, the Montgó abyss, the defensive constructions, the villas confiscated during the war and even the Cueva de las Calaveras, in Benidoleig, where the manufacture of weapons was moved from Dénia because it is a safer place, out of the danger of the bombs that punished the city.

All with the aim of disseminating to the general public and, especially, to the school world, the events of this period that is so significant for our history. And also to discover the spaces that are still preserved and seek their preservation. And, thirdly, to highlight the history of the denier monumental heritage, indicating the origin of the buildings and the most relevant facts.

  1. Cesar Pino Dominguez says:

    Good Morning.
    I read with amazement that you publish the antics of certain individuals. It's all nonsense. If there were order and justice the people who make these types of comments; They should at least be treated in a psychiatric hospital.

  2. Dani says:

    You have to kill more fachas.
    The Civil War is only the tip of the spear of the cleaning that must be done in Spain.
    From the right, Nationalists, Antisystems, PP, PSOE, Podemos, Citizens, Communists, Anarchists, ecologists, feminists, Animalists, Monarchs, Opus Dei all to hell.
    Only ours should remain, the neo-left.
    single match.
    Only then can we build a country.

  3. Dani says:

    That's ok.
    Historical tours are something to be promoted.
    Also a visit to the Cemetery would not be bad.
    But the most important thing is to defend an "anti-fascist history" like that of the Republic.
    Now, the Democratic Memory law lacks things like outlawing parties that exalt the Dictatorship, such as Vox and Falange.
    It is important to tell the brutality that the Franco Regime entailed as well as the executions of the postwar period.
    Let's hope that if the PP enters to govern or wins the municipal elections, it respects these ideas.

    • Inda says:

      I would like it to be the pspv/ or the left; respect ideas opposite to yours

    • this says:

      Are you referring to those on the left who murdered religious and who threw citizens off cliffs and ravines?
      How good!!!!
      Historical memory!
      What name do we give these people?
      Not fascists, because they already have the rights awarded!
      Tell me what name do we give them?

      • Dani says:

        Heroes. That's the name. Surviving a Civil War is not easy.
        The rights do not deserve any applause.
        They murdered civilians and bombed cities.