The images of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco and Nazi commander Heinrich Himmler were projected at Guadamur’s castle in Spain during a local festival, causing the reaction of the public.
The festival was dedicated to the recovery of the treasure of Guarrazar, a collection of Visigoth gold work sold to France in the late 19th century and recovered by Spain during France’s occupation by the German Nazis.
The projection was supposed to illustrate, in a documentary way, the negotiations between the Vichy regime (the name of the authority which ruled France while being under the Nazi occupation) and the Franco regime for the recuperation of the treasure of Guarrazar.
The locals criticised the projections of Franco and Himmler in the video as it seemed like the council was honouring the legacy of the two fascists responsible for a series of war crimes and many other abuses.
The town authority issued an apology saying that “it was never the intention of the organizers, the documentary maker or collaborators to praise the people… or the actions of their governments.” The statement continued saying that “the town hall of Guadamur would like to apologize to those who were offended by any of the images shown.”
Sagrario Gutiérrez, the mayor of Guadamar also said that “there was no intention to praise anybody involved in the negotiations, nor what they did, nor their governments,” adding that she “also felt bad” when she saw the images.
Guadamur belongs to the Toledo province and according to the Local Spain, the provincial government distanced itself from the event. “The government of the region of Toledo does not support any kind of public spectacle that includes content that does not fit in with our democratic and constitutional system,” it said in a statement after Socialist councillor Guadalupe Martin uploaded a photo of the projection to Twitter.