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Memories of Buenos Aires
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In the 1970s, Argentina was the leader in the “Dirty War,” a violent campaign by authoritarian South American regimes to repress left-wing groups and any others who were deemed subversive. Over the course of a decade, Argentina’s military rulers tortured and murdered upwards of 30,000 citizens. Even today, after thirty years of democratic rule, the horror of that time continues to roil Argentine society. Argentina has also been in the vanguard in determining how to preserve sites of torture, how to remember the “disappeared,” and how to reflect on the causes of the Dirty War. Across the capital city of Buenos Aires are hundreds of grassroots memorials to the victims, documenting the scope of the state’s reign of terror. Although many books have been written about this era in Argentina’s history, the original Spanish-language edition of Memories of Buenos Aires was the first to identify and interpret all of these sites. It was published by the human rights organization Memoria Abierta, which used interviews with survivors to help unearth that painful history. This translation brings this important work to an English-speaking audience, offering a comprehensive guidebook to clandestine sites of horror as well as innovative sites of memory. The book divides the 48 districts of the city into 9 sectors, and then proceeds neighborhood-by-neighborhood to offer descriptions of 202 known “sites of state terrorism” and 38 additional places where people were illegally detained, tortured, and killed by the government.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-x
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  1. Introduction to the English-Language Edition
  2. Max Page
  3. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xxii
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  1. How to Use this Book
  2. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Sector 1. Montserrat, Puerto Madero, Retiro, and San Nicholás
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Plaza de Mayo
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  1. 2. Coordinación Federal
  2. pp. 17-24
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  1. 3. Chapel of Christ the Laborer – Father Carlos Mugica
  2. pp. 25-28
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  1. 4. Azopardo Garage
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. 5. Mercedes Benz
  2. pp. 31-35
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  1. 6. Virrey Cevallos
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. 7. Disappeared Port Workers
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. 8. Federal Police Headquarters
  2. pp. 40-42
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  1. 9. Buenos Aires National School
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. 10. Prison Ships: Bahía Aguirre and 33 Orientales
  2. p. 47
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  1. 11. Héctor Germán Oesterheld
  2. pp. 48-50
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  1. 12-36
  2. pp. 51-58
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  1. Sector 2. Palermo and Recoleta
  2. pp. 59-60
  1. 37. Carlos Pellegrini Advanced School of Commerce
  2. pp. 61-65
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  1. 38. Plaza Houssay
  2. pp. 66-68
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  1. 39. The Applause (El aplauso): Sculpture Dedicated to Disappeared Actors
  2. pp. 69-71
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  1. 40. Plaque in the SICA
  2. pp. 72-73
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  1. 41. Patricios First Infantry Regiment
  2. pp. 74-76
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  1. 42. Dr. Cosme Argerich Central Military Hospital
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  1. 43-63
  2. pp. 80-86
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  1. Sector 3. Almagro, Balvanera, Boedo, and San Cristobal
  2. pp. 87-88
  1. 64. Santa Cruz Church
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  1. 65. Trees in Avenida San Juan
  2. pp. 93-95
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  1. 66. Corner of San Juan and Entre Ríos
  2. pp. 96-98
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  1. 67. Small Squares (Plazoletas) – 25 de Mayo Freeway
  2. pp. 99-104
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  1. 68. Tribute to Jorge Julio López in the Miramar Bar
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. 69. Abrazo (The Hug). Sculpture in the ATE
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. 70. Plaza Julio César Fumarola
  2. pp. 111-113
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  1. 71. Mural in the National Congress
  2. p. 114
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  1. 72. José María Ramos Mejía Hospital
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. 73-110
  2. pp. 117-126
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  1. Sector 4. Constitución, Barracas, La Boca, Parque Patricios, Nueva Pompeya, and San Telmo
  2. pp. 127-128
  1. 111. Club Atlético
  2. pp. 129-131
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  1. 112. Murals in La Boca
  2. pp. 132-133
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  1. 113. Former Prison Unit 1 in Caseros
  2. pp. 134-137
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  1. 114. Plaza Obispo Enrique Angelelli
  2. pp. 138-141
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  1. 115. Central Aeronautical Hospital
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  1. 116-130
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  1. Sector 5. Belgrano, Coghlan, Colegiales, Núñez, and Saavedra
  2. pp. 151-152
  1. 131. Navy School of Mechanics (ESMA)
  2. pp. 153-161
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  1. 132. Park of Memory
  2. pp. 162-165
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  1. 133. Ricardo Marcos Zucker Jr. Grandstand
  2. pp. 166-167
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  1. 134. Miguel Sánchez Sports Track
  2. pp. 168-169
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  1. 135. Mothers of the White Scarf Plaza
  2. pp. 170-171
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  1. 136-141
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  1. Sector 6. Agronomía, Chacarita, Parque Chas, Paternal, Villa Crespo, Villa Pueyrredón, Villa Ortuzar, and Villa Urquiza
  2. pp. 175-176
  1. 142. San Patricio Church – Pallottine Martyrs’ Passage
  2. pp. 177-181
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  1. 143. Roberto Santoro Cultural Center
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  1. 144. Faculty of Agronomy and Agronomía Neighborhood
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  1. 145. Nunca Más Square and Cultural Center
  2. pp. 186-189
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  1. 146. Grafa Murals
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  1. 147-160
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  1. Sector 7. Monte Castro, Villa del Parque, Villa Devoto, Villa General Mitre, Villa Real, and Villa Santa Rita
  2. pp. 197-198
  1. 161. Female Political Prisoners in Devoto Prison
  2. pp. 199-203
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  1. 162. Disappeared Teachers Remembered in their Schools
  2. pp. 204-208
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  1. 163. Mural in the Argentinos Juniors Soccer Field
  2. pp. 209-210
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  1. 164-165
  2. pp. 211-212
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  1. Sector 8. Caballito, Flores, Floresta, Parque Chacabuco, and Vélez Sarsfield
  2. pp. 213-214
  1. 166. El Olimpo
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  1. 167. Automotores Orletti
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  1. 168. Doctor Dámaso Centeno Military Social Institute
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  1. 169. House on Franklin Street
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  1. 170-183
  2. pp. 228-232
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  1. Sector 9. Liniers, Mataderos, Parque Avellaneda, Versailles, Villa Lugano, Villa Luro, Villa Riachuelo, and Villa Soldati
  2. pp. 233-234
  1. 184. Human Rights Walk
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  1. 185. Mayor Bernardo Alberte Flowerbeds
  2. pp. 238-239
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  1. 186. Julio Troxler Street
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  1. 187-203
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  1. Epilogue: Via Dolorosa
  2. Ilan Stavans
  3. pp. 249-254
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  1. Police Stations as Sites of Illegal Detention
  2. pp. 255-260
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 261-268
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 269-270
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 271-274
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 275
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  1. References
  2. pp. 276-280
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  1. Back Cover
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