Federico García Lorca was Spain’s most important poet and dramatist of the 20th century, whose work is still beloved for its passion, pride, love and death—in his word, duende. In 1936, he was murdered by Nationalist soldiers at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. In 2003, it was decided that his body should be exhumed from the mass grave into which it was believed it had been dumped. His family objected, and the argument went back and forth in the Spanish courts until 2009, when the digging was finally given up even though no human remains were found. Now a Spanish historian claims to have located Lorca’s actual grave site and and identified the men who killed and buried him.
from The Guardian (UK):
“Final hours of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca revealed,” by Giles Tremlett in Madrid
“Historian claims to know who made up Franco’s execution squad and where they buried the poet during Spain’s civil war.... Miguel Caballero Pérez spent three years sifting through police and military archives to piece together the last 13 hours of the life of the author of Blood Wedding, Yerma and The House of Bernarda Alba.... Some of the squad probably did not even know who Lorca was. ‘These were not the sort of people who read poetry. Lorca’s work was largely read by the elites,’ he said. ‘They would have been more interested in the two anarchists shot with him, who had a reputation for being very dangerous.’”