THE EMPIRE OF TRUTH

 

CMTGS LOVE THE SPANISH SAYING “REPEAT LIES AND SOMETHING WILL STAY”, AND ONE OF THOSE LIES THEY CONSTANTLY REPEAT IS THAT CONSPIRACIES DO NOT EXIST. HOWEVER, THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THERE ARE EXAMPLES OF REAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH CONSPIRACIES. OF COURSE THE ONES WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE TRY AS MUCH AS THEY CAN TO DENY ITS EXISTENCE. ANOTHER LIE WORTH MENTIONING IS THE RELATIVISM OF THE HARM DONE IN GERNIKA (THE BASQUE COUNTRY) BY FRANCO TROOPS ON APRIL 26, 1937, SINCE IT´S A FACT IT WAS SADISM WHAT WAS EXECUTED IN GERNIKA AT THAT TIME. EVEN DON AURELIO ORTIZ, NOTARY IN GERNIKA ON APRIL 27, 1937, WHO WAS IMPARTIAL, WAS INDIGNANT AND FULLY CONDEMNED ALL THAT BARBARISM.

CMTGS DATE BACK TO THE TIMES BEFORE JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN. CMTGS´ MODUS OPERANDI IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY WAS THE SAME AS THOSE WHO LIVED BEFORE JESUS CHRIST´S TIME AND THE SAME AS THE ONES AROUND US TODAY. 20TH CENTURY CMTGS KILLED PEOPLE, AND USED INSULTS IN ORDER TO TELL LIES ABOUT THE ONES WHO WERE HONEST AND HAD A STRONG FAITH IN GOD. THE SAME HAPPENED WITH JESUS CHRIST. MANY JEWS INSULTED JESUS CHRIST SAYING MANY LIES ABOUT HIM. FOR EXAMPLE, “THE NEWSPAPER EUZKADI ON APRIL 28, 1937 SHOWED HOW RADIO SALAMANCA SAID THE FOLLOWING LIES OF THE PRESIDENT OF EUZKADI JOSE ANTONIO DE AGUIRRE: “IT´S NOT THE 1ST TIME AGUIRRE LIES… AGUIRRE DECLARED TODAY FOREIGN AIR FORCES SERVING IN   FRANCO´S TROOPS, BOMBED GERNIKA BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO HURT BASQUE PEOPLE DEEPLY. AGUIRRE LIES. HE LIES AND HE KNOWS IT WELL. FIRST, THERE´S NEITHER GERMAN AIR FORCE  NOR FOREIGN ONE IN SPAIN. SECOND, GERNIKA WAS NOT BURNT BY US. FRANCO´S SPAIN DOES NOT BURN ANYTHING. WE´RE TALKING ABOUT A  MONOPOLY OF THE ONES WHO BURNT IRUN AND EIBAR. WE KNOW AGUIRRE KNOWS HE LIES, LIKE WHAT HE IS, A COMMON CROOK. NOT ONLY DID WE RESPECT GERNIKA FOR WHAT IT IS, WE RESPECTED IT, YOU  HONEST BASQUE PEOPLE, AS WE RESPECT ALL THAT IS SPAIN. FRANCO´S ARMY DOESN´T BURN ANYTHING. THE BASQUE COUNTRY KNOWS WE RESPECT THEM AND THEIR TRADITIONS. FRANCO´S SPAIN DOES NOT BURN ANYTHING” (BOMBAS Y MENTIRAS SOBRE GERNIKA. CASTOR DE URIARTE AGUIRREAMALLOA).

THE WRITER CASTOR DE URIARTE AGUIRREAMALLOA RIGHTFULLY STATED ALL THOSE SENTENCES ABOVE SAID ON RADIO SALAMANCA ABOUT THE PRESIDENT OF EUZKADI AND GERNIKA WERE TOTALLY FALSE AND A SERIOUS INSULT TO ANYONE. THEREFORE, RADIO SALAMANCA, APRIL 28, 1937, SAID LIES ABOUT JOSE ANTONIO DE AGUIRRE, AND ALSO LIED WHEN THEY SAID THERE WASN´T NEITHER GERMAN AIR FORCE NOR FOREIGN ONE IN SPAIN WHEN THERE´S PLENTY OF EVIDENCE WHEN WE SIMPLY MENTION GOERING  AND SPERRIE (CHIEF OF THE CONDOR LEGION), BOTH NAZIS EXECUTED AT NUREMBERG.

SINCE CMTGS ARE LOSERS AND COWARDS THEY ARE CONSTANTLY TRYING TO CONTACT PEOPLE SO THAT THEY CAN FEEL STRONGER. LET´S IMAGINE CMTGS WERE THE ONES BEHIND GERNIKA´S APRIL 1937 BOMBING, AND LET´S IMAGINE CMTGS CONTACTED MOORS TO BE PART OF FRANCO´S ARMY. THOSE MOORS AFFRONTED THE PORCH OF ST. MARY OF GERNIKA, GETTING  DIRTY THE HOLY WATER FONTS AND LATER ON ASKING BASQUE WOMEN TO CLEAN SUCH BLESSED WATER RECEPTACLES.

“THE NIGHT OF APRIL 26, 1937 BOMBS WERE DROPPED ON DIFFERENT PLACES IN GERNIKA. IT WAS THE 1ST WAR REHEARSAL BUT IN ORDER TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY THEY WENT ON SHOOTING PEOPLE THERE WHO WERE REALLY FRIGHTENED AND WERE FLEEING GERNIKA BY THE RAILROAD TRACKS. THIS WAY THEY KILLED PEDRO DE ZABALAURTENA´S GIRLFRIEND AND HIS SISTER WHEN THEY WERE FLEEING GERNIKA BY THE  RAILROAD TRACK, IN FRONT OF ST. AUGUSTINE SCHOOL. THEY ALSO KILLED A YOUNG MAN BY THE SURNAME OF ARRILLAGA FROM ELGOIBAR, WHEN HE WAS TALKING TO SOME PEASANTS IN THE MEADOW, IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH OF GAUTEGUIZ IN ARTEAGA (4 KMS FROM GERNIKA). THAT SADISM WAS ALL EXECUTED BY HITLER PILOTS” (BOMBAS Y MENTIRAS SOBRE GERNIKA. CASTOR DE URIARTE AGUIRREAMALLOA).

WHY DID HITLER PILOTS KILL THOSE PEOPLE FLEEING ELGOIBAR AND OTHER PLACES? LET´S IMAGINE CMTGS BRIBED HITLER TO HARM THE BASQUE COUNTRY. WHY? LET´S IMAGINE CMTGS COULD NOT BEAR THE FACT BASQUE PEOPLE, BASQUE POLITICIANS HAD THE POWER OF A REALLY STRONG FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, AND THAT TOGETHER WITH THEIR GOOD ACTS GRANTED THEM THE BASQUE ESTATUTE, SOMETHING CMTGS DID NOT HAVE, SINCE THEY WERE FROM A DIFFERENT PROVINCE. WHY DIDN´T HITLER PILOTS BOMBARD THE MORTAR, GRENADE AND  HANDGUN FACTORIES  IN GERNIKA? WAS IT BECAUSE HITLER PILOTS WANTED TO USE ALL THOSE THEMSELVES?

HERE ARE SOME FACTS BACKING UP THE IDEA OF SOME  ENVIOUS PEOPLE WHO ASKED THE GERMANS TO DO SOME DIRTY JOB AGAINST GERNIKA. LET´S IMAGINE THE ONES BEHIND GERNIKA´S DESTRUCTION WERE CMTGS.

1. “THE SOCIETY OF GERNIKA, WHICH LATER ON BECAME THE SECONDARY HIGH SCHOOL “CARMELO ECHEGARAY”, WAS DESTROYED TOGETHER WITH OTHER POLITICAL AND LEISURE CIRCLES IN THE VILLAGE.

2.THE OLD FRONTON OF GERNIKA WAS ALSO DESTROYED.

3.SOME FOUL-MOUTHED ONES STARTED TO TELL LIES ABOUT THE BASQUE GOVERNMENT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE SWEARING UNDER OATH OF JOSE ANTONIO DE AGUIRRE, BEFORE THE TREE OF GERNIKA. THEY WERE IMPRISONED BUT SOON WERE FREED AGAIN ONCE FRANCO´S TROOPS CAME NEAR GERNIKA(BOMBAS Y MENTIRAS SOBRE GERNIKA. CASTOR DE URIARTE AGUIRREAMALLOA).

“THE FOLLOWING DATA IS TAKEN FROM THE BROCHURE LA CASA DE JUNTAS DE GERNIKA BY CARMELO DE ECHEGARAY AND FROM ENSAYO HISTORICO AND APUNTES PARA LA HISTORIA DE GERNIKA BY LUCAS DE ALTUBE Y ALBIZ :

“IN THE 1826 GENERAL COMMITTEE THE DEMOLITION OF THE HERMITAGE WAS AGREED UPON, AND ALSO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SACRISTY WHICH SERVED AS FILE, RECONSTRUCTED IN 1668 WITH THE GOAL OF PUTTING UP A NEW BUILDING IN THE SAME PLACE AS A LOVE TESTIMONY FROM THE PEOPLE WHO LOOKED BACK AT MEMORIES THAT PLACE BROUGHT BACK. THAT PLACE HAD BEEN THE LOCATION FOR SOLVING SO MANY DIFFICULT BUSINESSES WHICH POSED A THREAT TO THE FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY OF THE ESTATE. THE PROJECT WHICH WAS BACKED AND THEN PASSED WAS CREATED BY THE ARQUITECT ANTONIO DE ECHEBARRIA AND ITS WORK STARTED IN 1826. THEY BEGAN TO BUILD THE LOUNGE OR CHAPEL WHERE THE COMMITTEES WERE SUPPOSED TO TAKE PLACE IN 1828. IN 1833 THE COMMITTEES WERE FINISHED BUT THE CIVIL WAR SUDDENLY CAME UP. THIS CIVIL WAR BLOODED BIZKAIA´S FIELDS FROM 1833 TO 1839, AND  BE  THAT BECAUSE OF THIS REASON OR BECAUSE WITH WHAT THEY HAD ALREADY BUILT THERE WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR NEEDS AT THAT POINT, THE FACT IS THE HOUSE ENDED UP INCOMPLETE AND WITHOUT THE LATERAL NORTH BODY, UNLIKE ANTONIO DE ECHEVARRIA HAD CONCEIVED IT. THE HOUSE´S FACADE LOOKS THE SYMBOLIC TREE´S WAY, SINCE THAT TREE SYMBOLIZES BIZKAIA´S INSTITUTIONS AND BIZKAIA´S FREEDOM. IT´S A NEOCLASSIC BUILDING, AND AT THAT TIME THAT NEOCLASSIC STYLE WAS MAINLY SEEN ON RELEVANT CIVIL BUILDINGS. ON ITS CENTRAL BODY THERE IS A DORIC COLUMN THROUGH WHICH PEOPLE ENTERED THE LOUNGE WHERE THE COMMITTEES OF THE “FUEROS”  GOT TOGETHER. THE ARMS OF THE ESTATE CAN BE SEEN ON THE FRONT, … AND ON THE WALLS SURROUNDING THE LOUNGE THERE WERE PORTRAITS OF THE SIRS OF BIZKAIA, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING ACCORDING TO WHOM HISTORY PROVIDES US WITH, TO 1379, TO THE INFANTE JUAN WHO WAS ALREADY SIR OF BIZKAIA AND INHERITED THE CROWN, AND SO FROM THEN ON BOTH TITLES COINCIDED IN THE SAME PERSON. OVER THOSE PORTRAITS AND BETWEEN THESE HALL WINDOWS THERE ARE SOME INSCRIPTIONS WHICH REMIND US OF THE DATES WHEN 4 MONARCHS FROM CASTILE CAME TO BIZKAIA TO SWEAR UNDER OATH THE “FUEROS”. BESIDE THE 6 STAINED GLASS WINDOWS THERE IS ONE MORE LOCATED ON THE ALTAR, WHERE THE DIFFERENT ELEMENTS WHICH FINALLY CAME TO BUILD THE BIZKAIA COAT OF ARMS, AND ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OVER THE ENTRANCE DOOR OF THE LOUNGE THERE´S A BAD CANVAS COPY OF FRANCISCO MENDIETA, WHICH REPRESENTS THE OATH OF THE “FUEROS” OF BIZKAIA BY FERNANDO THE CATHOLIC. THE ORIGINAL ONE IS IN ONE OF THE HALLS OF THE PALACE OF ITS EXCELLENCY THE COUNCIL OF BIZKAIA. SUCH OATH TOOK PLACE JULY 30TH 1476, CONFIRMING THE “FUEROS”, PRIVILEGES, FRANCHISES AND FREEDOMS OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE ESTATE OF BIZKAIA. OVER THE PICTURE WHICH REPRESENTS THAT OATH OF FERDINAND THE CATHOLIC THERE´S A BIGGER ONE OF THE OATH OF THE “FUEROS” BY JUAN ZURIA, BY THE PAINTER ANSELMO DE GUINEA”. 

THE FOLLOWING FACTS HAPPENED IN GERNIKA BETWEEN JULY 18, 1936 AND APRIL 26, 1937:

 1. “ONE IMPORTANT EVENT TOOK PLACE DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME AND WAS THE APPROVAL OF THE REPUBLIC IN MADRID BY THE SPANISH PARLIAMENT OCTOBER 1, 1936, OF THE BASQUE STATUTE, IN A HISTORIC SESSION, WITH AN AWSOME SPEECH OF THE BASQUE DEPUTY JOSE ANTONIO AGUIRRE, EMBRACED WITH VIVID SIGNS OF RESPECT AND AFFECTION BY ALL THE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, AS IT WAS POINTED OUT BACK THEN IN THE NEWSPAPER EUZKADI, WHERE THEY SAID HE CONFIRMED CHRISTIANISM, THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM AND THE HIGHLY SOCIAL SENSE OF THE PATRIOTIC BASQUE ORGANIZATION. SUCH BASQUE STATUTE HAD 14 ARTICLES AND 4 TRANSITORY DISPOSITIONS.

2. JOSE ANTONIO DE AGUIRRE´S SPEECH INCLUDED SOME OF THE FOLLOWING KEY IDEAS:

2.1. “GENTLEMEN, DEPUTIES: GIVEN THE SITUATION OUR POSITION IS CLEAR: FIGHTING FASCISM BY MEANS OF DEMOCRACY AS WE WERE NATIONALISM PLACED ITSELF NEXT TO DEMOCRACY AND OUR FREEDOM”.

2.2. “WE´RE FACING IMPERIALISM AND FASCISM THANKS TO OUR CHRISTIAN SPIRIT, OUR CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES…WHY DID JESUS CHRIST COME TO THIS WORLD?, WAS IT BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST WANTED TO HELP THE RICH OR RATHER TO HELP THE POOR? BETWEEN THE RICH AND THE POOR WE CHOOSE THE HUMBLE ONE, THE DOWNTOWN PEOPLE. SINCE WE ALL COME FROM THERE WE FIGHT FOR THEM. THIS IS OUR WAY OF THINKING, THIS IS OUR FAITH AND BASQUE NATIONALISM WILL BE ALIVE UP TO THE POINT FASCISM IS OVER”.

“A PROLONGED OVATION OF THE DEPUTIES ALL STANDING UP FOLLOWED UP JOSE ANTONIO DE AGUIRRE´S SPEECH AND THIS OVATION WAS REPEATED TWICE. BRAVELY, AGUIRRE CONFESSED THE FERVENT CATHOLICISM OF THE BASQUE PEOPLE IN FRONT OF THAT PACK OF FURIOUS HOUNDS, ENEMIES OF ALL KINDS OF RELIGIOUS FEELINGS, AND CENSORED THE BURNING OF CONVENTS AND THE PERSECUTION OF CERTAIN PEOPLE… FINALLY, THERE WAS A PARADE OF ABOUT TWO THOUSAND SOLDIERS OF THE EUSKO GUDAROSTEA, CARRYING THE BASQUE FLAG AND THE FLAGS OF BIZKAIA, NABARRA, ARABA AND GIPUZKOA.

3.GERNIKA KNEW OF THE HORRORS PERPETRATED BY FRANCO AND GENERAL MOLA DUE TO THE GIPUZKOA REFUGEES´ TESTIMONIES FROM GIPUZKOA WHO WERE HOUSED IN MANY HOUSES IN THE VILLA, AND ALSO FROM THE HORRORS WHICH TOOK PLACE IN NABARRA, EARLIER THAN IN GIPUZKOA”.

“IN THE NEWSPAPER EUZKADI ON APRIL 30TH, 1937 THE FOLLOWING DECLARATION APPEARED:

TO THE CIVILIZED WORLD. DECLARATIONS OF THE BASQUE GOVERNMENT. GIVEN THE CYNICISM OF THE FOREIGN FASCIST CRIMINALS WHO ARE SPREADING THEIR VANDALISM WITHOUT PRECEDENTS, THE BASQUE GOVERNMENT FULLY RATIFIES THE NOTE GIVEN YESTERDAY BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT ON THE DESTRUCTION OF BASQUE CITIES BY AIRCRAFTS SERVING FRANCO AND ALSO GIVEN THE INCONCEIVABLE FACT THAT REBELLIOUS SPANIARDS INSIST ON THEIR YESTERDAY´S OFFICIAL REPORT, NOTIFIED BY THE GENERAL HEADQUARTERS IN SALAMANCA, TELLING ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION OF GERNIKA AND OTHER VILLAGES AS IF IT HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT BY EXTREMIST ELEMENTS WHICH EXISTED IN THIS GOVERNMENT´S TERRITORY, INFORMATION AND OPINION WHICH WAS MAINTAINED AND RATIFIED BY RADIO BERLIN IN TODAY´S BROADCAST AT 10:00 A.M., WE APPEAL TO THE CIVILIZED WORLD IN GENERAL, AND TO ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN THE EMPIRE OF TRUTH AND JUSTICE SO THAT THEY GO AHEAD AND CHECK THESE FACTS… OUR DOORS ARE OPEN TO ANYONE SO THAT THESE ACTS OF TRUE BARBARISM WHICH THE BASQUE COUNTRY WAS SUBJECTED TO WITH THE DESTRUCTION OF ITS CITIES AND WITH THE ACTIVE AND DIRECT INTERVENTION OF SOME FOREIGN NATIONS IN IT ARE INVESTIGATED AS JUSTICE RULES(BOMBAS Y MENTIRAS SOBRE GERNIKA. CASTOR DE URIARTE AGUIRREAMALLOA). 

NO MATTER THE MANY BOMBINGS DROPPED BY THE GERMAN AND ITALIANS OVER GERNIKA THE FOLLOWING PLACES REMAINED INTACT. GIVEN THE FACT GERMANS WANTED TO GET A DATA BASE ON THE TESTING OF SUCH BOMBS WHY DID THEY CHOOSE GERNIKA? WAS THE GERMAN EAGERNESS FOR SUCH TESTING THE PERFECT EXCUSE FOR CMTGS (THE ONES WHO GAVE THE WORST OF ADVICE TO FRANCO) TO HARM THE BASQUE COUNTRY? THE BASQUE ESTATUTE MEANT FAITH PLUS POWER, AND LET´S IMAGINE CMTGS COULDN´T STOMACH FAITH. WHY? CMTGS IGNORE FAITH, MOCK FAITH AND CAN´T STAND THE ONES WHO HAVE IT. LET´S IMAGINE BASQUE FAITH WAS THE KEY BEHIND THE BOMBINGS IN GERNIKA. THE POWER OF FAITH IN GOD WAS SUCH THAT IT BROUGHT PROTECTION OVER THE FOLLOWING PLACES:

1. THE HOUSE OF THE COMMITTEES.

2. THE TREE OF FREEDOM.

3. THE CHURCH OF ST. MARY OF GERNIKA, WHICH WAS SAVED OF THE BURNING THANK TO THE HEROISM OF THE FIREFIGHTERS OF BILBO.

4. THEY BOMBARDED THE WAR MATERIAL FACTORY IN ZAMUDIO. HOWEVER, THEY COULD NOT DESTROY IT SINCE THE FACTORY WAS PROTECTED BY SEVERAL LAYERS OF ARMED CONCRETE ON THE TOP FLOORS.

EVERYTHING AROUND THESE 4 PLACES WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. AS COINCIDENCES DON´T EXIST WE CAN SAY THE STRONG BASQUE FAITH IN GOD WON GOD OVER GRANTING GERNIKA WITH THE PROTECTION OF THOSE 3 BASQUE HISTORIC MONUMENTS.

CMTGS ARE EXPERTS ON MANIPULATION. THEY ALWAYS TRY TO TURN A VICTIM INTO AN EXECUTIONER, AND THEY THEMSELVES, AFTER PERPETRATING THE MOST HORRIBLE ACTS, MAKE EFFORTS TO PRETEND THEY´RE GOOD AND RELIABLE SO THAT NOONE CAN EVEN THINK OF THEM AS A POSSIBLE CANDIDATE FOR SUCH EVIL DEEDS. THE FOLLOWING FACTS ARE ONLY SOME OF WHICH DEPICT PRECISELY THE TOUGH MANIPULATION GERNIKA SUFFERED IN 1937:

1. THE NEWSPAPER EUZKADI MAY 5, 1937, MENTIONED THESE LINES BY THE MAJOR OF GERNIKA:

NO, A THOUSAND TIMES, NO! GERNIKA WAS NOT BURNT BY OUR BRAVE AND SELF-SACRIFICING BASQUE SOLDIERS. IF THE OATH I´M ABOUT TO SWEAR UNDER AS MAJOR AND AS A CHRISTIAN CAN BE OF SOME VALUE I SWEAR  IN FRONT OF GOD AND OF EVERYONE THE DESTRUCTION OF SUCH PLACES IN GERNIKA WAS EXCLUSIVELY DONE BY  FOREIGN AIR FORCE” 

2. ON JUNE 11, 1937 THE FOLLOWING DECLARATION WAS ISSUED IN THE NEWSPAPER EUZKADI:

“THE BASQUE CLERGY REPRESENTED BY THE EPISCOPAL DELEGATE, BILBAO PRIESTS AND THE PRIESTS OF ALL THOSE VILLAGES BOMBARDED BY THE FACTIOUS ONES…REESTABLISHES THE TRUTH ON THE INHUMANE BOMBARDINGS…OF DURANGO AND GERNIKA: “HOLY POPE: THE BASQUE CLERGY OF VITORIA DIOCESE, SUBJECTED TO THE BASQUE GOVERNMENT, FELL TO THEIR KNEES BEFORE YOUR HOLINESS, AND REPRESENTED BY THE PRIESTS WHO APPROVE OF IT, SOME OF THEM EYEWITNESSES AND ALL OF THEM WITH FULL AND ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY OF THE NOTORIOUS FACTS WHICH ARE ABOUT TO BE DESCRIBED TO THE POPE IN THE HIGHEST  OBSERVANCE, SAY:

1. “ SINCE THE BASQUE GOVERNMENT EXERCISES ITS AUTHORITY (OCTOBER 7, 1936) OUR RIGHTS HAVE BEEN RESPECTED. BEFORE THIS GOVERNMENT CAME TO POWER SOME TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST PRIESTS AND SACRED PLACES TOOK PLACE, AND SOON ALSO SOME OTHER TERROR ATTACKS, AFTER OCTOBER 7, EVADING THE VIGILANCE OF THE AUTHORITHY”.

2. ”…MARCH 31, THE MOST IMPORTANT VILLA OF DURANGO WAS BOMBARDED AND HALF OF IT DESTROYED. THEY DESTROYED THE CHURCH OF ST. MARY, THE MODERN CHURCH OF THE JESUITS, THEY KILLED 2 PRIESTS AND MANY BELIEVERS WHO WERE CELEBRATING MASS, THEY DESTROYED THE CONVENT OF THE AUGUSTINES AND THEY KILLED 13 NUNS AND INJURED MANY OTHERS”.

3. “APRIL 26, THE AIR FORCE SERVING GENERAL FRANCO BOMBARDED AND  MACHINE-GUNNED THE WELL-RESPECTED VILLA OF GERNIKA, BURNING THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN, BADLY DAMAGING THE CHURCH OF ST. MARY, AND BLOWING TO SMITHEREENS ALMOST ALL ITS BUILDINGS, MACHINE-GUNNING WITHOUT COMPASSION  FOR ITS INHABITANTS, WHILE THEY WERE RUNNING AWAY IN TERROR, FLEEING THE DEMOLITIONS AND THE FIRES WHICH SURROUNDED THEM, AND CAUSING HUNDREDS OF FATALITIES. THE PLANES, WHICH FLIED WITH IMPUNITY AT GROUND LEVEL, SAW PERFECTLY THE RUINS AND VICTIMS THEY WERE CAUSING, WHOM THEY CONSCIOUSLY CHASED. THEY CARRIED OUT A SIMILAR BARBARISM IN OTHER VILLAGES, LIKE ARBACEGUI AND GUERRICAIZ, AND THE SAME DESTRUCTIVE AIR ATTACKS TOOK PLACE IN OTHER VILLAGES AND BASQUE HOUSES”.

ALL THESE FACTS WHICH WE ARE RECORDING HERE AND WHOSE REALITY WE BEAR WITNESS WITH OUR FIRM AND CONSCIOUS TESTIMONY BEFORE HIS HOLINESS, ARE THE SAME AS THE ONES THE BASQUE GOVERNMENT HAS PUBLISHED IN ITS OFFICIAL JOURNAL, AND WHOSE TRUTH SOME PEOPLE HAVE WANTED TO DENY, TRYING TO MAKE THE BASQUE GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH RUINS AND FIRES; AND WITH THAT DEFAMATION OF OUR PEOPLE, WE, THE BIZKAIAN PRIESTS, THINK WE MUST LET YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR REALITY, WHICH WE CONFIRM BEFORE THE POPE, OUR COMMON LORD, WHOM WE NEED TO COMMUNICATE OUR PAIN AND TRIBULATION DURING THESE CRUEL WAR DAYS. IN THE NAME OF ALL THE BASQUE CLERGY AND OF ALL THE BASQUE PEOPLE, FAITHFUL TO ITS RELIGIOUS HISTORY, EVEN DURING THOSE MOMENTS OF SUCH CRUEL WAR, THE PRIESTS WHO SUBSCRIBE TO IT, AGREEING ON THE RESPECTFUL PLEA OF THE PRESIDENT OF EUZKADI GOVERNMENT, EAGER TO MAKE THE VOICE OF TRUTH REACH THE POPE, MAKE THIS DECLARATION, WHICH THEY RECORD AS FREE, SERENE AND GLADLY, CONSIDER RIGHTFULLY FAIR AND OFFER THE POPE THE TESTIMONY OF THE HUMBLE VENERATION AND DEEP OBEDIENCE WITH WHICH THEY FALL TO HIS  HOLINESS´ KNEES” BILBAO, MAY 11, 1937” ”. THAT DECLARATION WAS SIGNED BY 21 PEOPLE, MOST OF THEM RELEVANT PRIESTS AND 8 OUT OF THE 21 WERE EYEWITNESSES

THERE CAN BE NO OTHER EVIDENCE SO CONVINCING AS THAT ONE, AND YET SPAIN NOR GENERAL FRANCO EVER RECOGNIZED THE DESTRUCTION AND BURNING OF GERNIKA AND THE MACHINE-GUNNING OF ITS INHABITANTS, BEING EXCLUSIVELY DONE BY THE GERMAN AIR FORCE SERVING THEM. BUT THAT WASN´T ALL. THE ARCHPRIEST OF BILBAO AND  DELEGATE VICAR, THE FIRST ONE TO SIGN THE DECLARATION SENT TO THE HOLY POPE BY THE BASQUE CLERGY, DENOUNCING THE AIR RAIDS OF DURANGO AND OF GERNIKA, PUBLISHED IN LA GACETA DEL NORTE, SEPTEMBER 1, 1937 (PAGES 167-168) THE FOLLOWING EMBARRASING RECTIFICATION:

MY CASE OF CONSCIENCE: LOOKING BACK I CONTRAST THE JOY TODAY AND THE SADNESS OF THE PAST AND I NEED, ABOVE ALL, TO MAKE A SOLEMN PROTEST AGAINST THAT ABUSIVE PRESSURE EXERCISED ON ME, AND ON OTHER COLLEAGUES OF MINE, BY THE QUALIFIED TEMPORARY BASQUE COUNTRY GOVERNMENT, FORCING US TO SIGN AGAINST OUR OWN WILL, A HAPLES WRITING ON THE EVENTS IN DURANGO AND GERNIKA. ANY UPRIGHT CHRISTIAN CONSCIENCE WOULD HAVE RESPECTED THE CLERGY, NOT FORCING IT TO INTERFERE IN THE POLITICAL CONTINGENCY, BUT THE GOVERNMENT´S PERSONAL INTERESTS MATTERED THE MOST. THIS ABUSIVE PRESSURE, WHICH IN VAIN I TRIED TO FIGHT AGAINST, HAS BEEN AND STILL IS THE ONE THING THAT MORE HAS EMBITTERED MY HEART IN THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF MY COMPROMISED POST OF DELEGATE VICAR, ALL OF WHICH TOGETHER WITH GOD´S WILL WAS CARRIED ON MY SHOULDERS. ANYHOW, THE GOVERNMENT MINISTER, FIRSTLY BY MEANS OF WORDS AND AFTERWARDS IN WRITING, THEN THE ECONOMY ONE, AND FINALLY THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF TOLD ME ABOUT SOME INTERVENTIONS IN ORDER TO SAVE THE HONOR, ACCORDING TO THEM, OF THE SLANDERED GOVERNMENT ON THAT POINT AND ON RELIGION ITSELF. AND THEY ENDED UP DEMANDING ME – “IT´S NECESSARY” SAID THE LAST WORD- WHICH THE CLERGY SUBSCRIBED TO IT AND I MYSELF FIRSTLY, A DOCUMENT ADDRESSED TO THE POPE, RELATED TO THE EVENTS IN THOSE 2 BASQUE DESTROYED VILLAS. HAD I REFUSED TO SIGN SUCH PROPOSAL THE CONSEQUENCES WOULD HAVE BEEN DISASTROUS AND WOULD HAVE DONE A LOT OF HARM WHICH I WAS OBLIGED TO AVOID. …THOSE SIGNATURES, WHICH FAR FROM BEING FREE AND SPONTANEOUS WERE STRIPPED OFF BY THE AUTHORITARIAN PRESSURE OF THOSE WHO EXERCISED THE POWER…”(BOMBAS Y MENTIRAS SOBRE GERNIKA. CASTOR DE URIARTE AGUIRREAMALLOA). TO BE CONTINUED…

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Julia Martinez

Julia Martínez was born in The Basque Country, Spain in 1965. She went to Las Carmelitas School in Santurtzi, where she completed her elementary and secondary education, except her senior year. She decided to go to the United States as an exchange student for her senior year. She lived with an American family in California for that school year. After coming back from the US she started her undergraduate studies at Deusto University. By this time she had already lived in Santurtzi for seventeen years. It was 1983 when she and her family moved to Getxo. At Deusto University she studied English Linguistics for five years. She was twenty three years old when she got her undergraduate degree. She spent about three months during three different summers in England. During two of those summers she was an exchange student, and another summer she was working as an au pair, living with an English family. She also spent about two months during two different summers in Dublin. She was an exchange student living with an Irish family for a month, and another summer she was living in a student residence. In 1988 she was granted a scholarship to do her graduate studies at Indiana University, in the U.S..She completed a double master on English and Spanish Applied Linguistics in 1990. During that year and a half that she was studying over there she was also working as an Associate Professor giving Spanish classes at Indiana University. After working on the double master, She decided to go back to Spain and work as an English teacher at an English school in Galdakao for a year. At the same time that she was working, she was studying in order to sit a competitive exam. She went to Madrid to take it, and got the job she wanted. She became a civil servant, and she started working as an English teacher at a high school in 1991. By the year 2004 she had already been teaching for thirteen years in four different high schools, giving lessons to secondary students. In 2004 she decided to quit teaching and start painting as a self-made painter. She has got thirty six original oil paintings on canvas, and all of them share bright, lively, warm colors which invite you to smile and chill out. You see them all together and you see a real celebration of life, of what life should be, of happiness and love. Apart from painting, she is very keen on music and photography. About music, it must be said that she was very much into it during some years in the past, specially when she was taking Classical and electric guitar lessons and writing her own songs. She has got four demos with songs sung, both in English and Spanish. She performed as a singer in some places in the year 2000 after recording all her original songs. She is a hard-working person and a very good listener. She is one of those really positive people that finds solutions to almost anything you can think of. She enjoys creative work, either in painting, photography, dancing, singing, writing or cooking. She also enjoys herself with those little things in life like going out for a stroll in the country, listening to all kinds of music, good company, a good book, helping people in need, taking a nap, or just watching a funny movie. At present she is working as a freelance writer. Let us add that she is really interested in the protection of animals.

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