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Forty years after the death of Francisco Franco, historians still work to demolish myths that the Spanish dictator spun about himself to hold on to power for decades."When 47,000 men go fight on the Russian front on the side of the Blue Division, we can't say Spain is not at war," said Julian Casanova, one of Spain's leading historians who edited an anthology on Franco.He said "at least" 50,000 people were executed by the Franco regime in the decade that followed the civil war and hundreds of thousands of others were taken prisoner as Franco consolidated his grip on power.Preston also writes that Franco was "cunning" and equipped with great intuition to adapt to changing circumstances.The Spanish government published a brochure in 1947 which said Franco offered to let Jews move to Spain, Preston said.
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