Memory studies afford the possibility of looking at our history and extracting valuable lessons with which to face the future. Only by understanding the past can we avoid repeating mistakes made in previous historical periods. Examining the historical memory is necessary for improving coexistence and advancing democratic freedoms.
This research group's main objective is to improve our knowledge about the workings of legal processes that occurred in our country during the Second Spanish Republic, Civil War, and Franco regime, placing special emphasis on analyzing cases that took place during this tragic period in our history. We should point out that the lack of independence of the judiciary at that time influenced the validity of procedural guarantees and the individual rights of numerous citizens, which directly affected their personal safety and that of their family members.
To be specific, this work group's activity aims to achieve the following:
a) Learn about the main repressive processes that occurred during the Second Spanish Republic, Civil War, and Franco regime.
b) Identify people who suffered consequences from the war and subsequent dictatorship by either being subjected to judicial processes or leaving in exile.
c) Find and examine the cleansing processes that not only civil servants were subjected to, but also many citizens who were alive during that stage in our history.
d) Publicize among Valencian society in general, and particularly its students, university and otherwise, the main historical events that took place in this country during its Second Republic, Civil War, and Franco regime.