SPAIN: 40 years after Franco’s death, Spanish families look for ‘stolen babies’

MADRID – Leonor remembers the long corridor of the Spanish maternity ward where she saw her newborn daughter disappear in 1964, taken away by a nurse, like it was just minutes ago.

A file picture taken on January 27, 2012 shows a woman holding a poster displaying a picture of a young girl and reading “We are looking for her twin sister” during a demonstration against baby trafficking in Madrid

The next day she was falsely told by hospital staff that her daughter had died.

Her baby was just one of tens of thousands of newborns who were snatched from mothers and fathers deemed politically dangerous to General Francisco Franco’s dictatorship by a network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns, and given to other families.

Now four decades after Franco’s death on November 20, 1975, the scandal over the “stolen babies” of the regime looks set to go unpunished.

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