Today I spent time in Guernica.  Everyone should.

It is one of those moments in history that we have to make sure that we never forget, for reasons I outlined in a previous blog.  Just like the Holocaust.

The museum in Guernica helps do that.  Of course another reminder is Picasso’s famous painting Guernica, which hangs in the Prado in Madrid.

A third reminder is that Guernica continues to serve as the unofficial seat of power in the Basque region. The Basque leaders have always met under a particular oak tree to select their leadership and make important decisions. The oak tree is shown below. As is the beautiful stained glass ceiling of one of the rooms in the Basque assembly building.


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