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From Franco’s ‘stolen babies’ to Nazi Germany, social services have a dark past – it’s time for a global reckoning

As the painful history of babies stolen from their families during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco continues to unfold in Spain, the role of social services has come under the spotlight.

  • Vasilios Ioakimidis
  • The Conversation

In October 2018, a former doctor was found guilty for his part in the scandal, but escaped punishment, and a recent documentary film, The Silence of Others, has shed fresh light on the…

In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War (1936-9) and the subsequent defeat of the republican forces, Franco created a sophisticated and extensive system aimed at the ideological and political control of the…

It was based on two main pillars.

The first was…

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