Franco and Hitler

July 10, 2010
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Historian and novelist C.J. Sansom, author of the best-selling Winter in Madrid, reflects on the relationship between Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco:

The issue of the relationship between Spain’s General Franco and Hitler has been a controversial one for many years.  The “conservative” view is that Franco’s dealings with the German dictator were pragmatic, based on what was best for Spain, and that he skilfully kept Spain neutral during the Second World War.  The “left” view is that Franco was far closer to Hitler, admired him greatly, and would have come into the war on Hitler’s side had the terms been right.

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