Spanish Civil War Tour Testimonials
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Dr Cros is more than a historian of the period - and her courage is inspiring
By incorporating these stories into her presentation she creates a vivid visual documentary with the city, streets and buildings as her set. After this tour you will no longer just see Madrid streets and buildings as they are, but as they might have been when the people of Spain were fighting for democracy and freedom.
You will come to understand why many consider the Spanish Civil War the first war against fascism. The tour unveils the consequences of Western nations’ failure to aid the Republic, as well as their turning a blind eye toward the Nazi and Italian fascist armies who aided Franco in crushing the Republic.
Dr. Cros is more than a historian of the period: she is an activist in the Spanish people’s struggle to reveal the history long denied them under Franco’s dictatorship. The decades-long wall of silence and denial is crumbling. Almudena’s courage in challenging the silence is inspiring.
Her work with International Brigades Associations in a dozen countries keeps their heroic solidarity with the Spanish people alive and growing. The stories and living accounts she brings to the tour as a result of this activism will settle in your memory. You will take them home with you. Tell them to friends, family and colleagues. You will know Spain. You will become an ambassador of the Republic and the Brigades. This history’s political relevance for today will ring in your ears.
Our tour included a visit to Reina Sofia, Madrid’s contemporary art museum and its impressive permanent exhibit of artists’ work in response to the Civil War. Pablo Picasso’s famed ‘Guernica’ and accounts of the Republic's achievements frame this astounding collection. Dr. Cros is also an art historian and educator having taught in the UK and Spain. Coupled with her historical knowledge cited above, this tour is an exceptional experience.
Made me think about the Spanish Civil War in a fundamentally new way
While Almudena has clear expertise of the subject matter, presenting factual material and citing several sources for her information, she by no means “talked down” to those in the group. On the contrary, she was extremely friendly and open to questions, which she was able to answer thoroughly because of her clear command of the material.
Dr. Cros provided a tour that was informative, moving, and that made me think about the Spanish Civil War in Madrid in a fundamentally new way. And she did this at a very reasonable price. In fact, she probably should be charging more for her tour given how much time she has put into preparing it and how much time she takes during the tour itself. But if you take this tour, you will realize that Almudena is motivated not by money but rather by much deeper and more personal reasons. One of the very best tours I have ever taken!
Highly recommended- a tour that brings history alive
This tour brought home the reality and pain of this period of history. This is still tangible today in the lack of official memorials to the suffering of ordinary citizens and also the bravery of the international brigade volunteers of which we learnt so much on this tour. Hopefully soon there will be more and more memorials and plaques to include on future tours!
Almudena, you enriched this visit to Madrid so much, I encourage everyone to take this tour as it will make their visit so much more meaningful.