The Democratic Memory Plan team is looking for one of the largest graves in Galicia, located in the O Val cemetery (Narón)

26/12/2023

The USC expert group, made up of historians, archaeologists, forensics and geneticists, with the participation of the Legal Medicine Institute of Galicia (IMELGA), which is coordinated by professors Lourenzo Fernández Prieto and Antonio Miguez (HISTAGRA and CISPAC group), has been the year 2021 exhuming graves from the time of the 1936-1939 war and the post-war period in Galicia. Currently, they center
his actions in the location of the grave in the Santa María do Val cemetery, Narón municipality. This is one of the largest mass graves on record, out of a total of 90, registered today in Galicia.


The work began this fall with the georadar survey in the Valley cemetery, and, as part of the historical-documentary research, the team is now asking for social collaboration to determine the exact location of this grave and to contact the families of the victims. The Historical and Democratic Memory Cultural Association also participates in the investigation. In this sense we make a public appeal to anyone who can give us information about it.


According to the research carried out so far, the University team is looking for more than one grave, taking into account the information collected and given the high number of people buried there, on different dates, more than 50 individuals murdered between 1936 and 1939 and possibly also in the post-war period . A matter known to historians and very present in the memory of neighbors and family.


On December 26, 1936, one of the largest known executions in Galicia took place. A group of 34 people, all of them sailors, non-commissioned officers and officers aged between 19 and 40, from the crews of different ships were shot in the courtyard of the parish church of the Valley, between 11 pm on December 26, 1936 and 00 am: 30 of the following day. The prisoners were taken from the Escollera prison, to the Ferrol Arsenal, executed and then buried in the cemetery.

There is evidence of another 17 murders, perpetrated on six different dates in the following years, and which point to the possible existence of six more graves, yet to be located within the O Val cemetery.

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