Francisco Franco was a general in the Nationalist army during the Spanish Civil War. Franco claimed that the Republicans had destroyed Guernica themselves while in retreat. (PROSE: History 101)

In 1936, Franco became the leader of the Nationalist after José Sanjurjo, who was killed in a plane crash caused by the fact that he was carrying too much luggage. He had wanted to look impressive when he took power.

Franco ruled Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975. (AUDIO: Fiesta of the Damned)

He used religion to justify atrocities. (AUDIO: The Rapture)

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