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The Center’s Xabier Irujo will travel to the Nevada State Museum tonight to lecture on Guernica and it’s repercussions for America. He will also be signing Gernika, 1937: The Market Day Massacre, his new book from the University of Nevada Press! Here’s the information about the event from the Nevada State Museum:

Who: The Nevada State Museum, Carson City presents:

What: Frances Humphrey Lecture Series: The Bombing of Gernika and its Impact upon the U.S. by Xabier Irujo, Ph.D. Also includes a book signing for Gernika, 1937: The Market Day Massacre, published by the University of Nevada Press.

When: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2015. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Note: one week early due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Where: Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson Stree          t, Carson City.

Why:This program will be enjoyed by anyone interested the history of modern warfare, Basque studies, and ethical and humanitarian issues related to the effects of war on society.

Description (by University of Nevada Press):

On April 26, 1937, a massive aerial attack by German and Italian forces reduced the Basque city of Gernika to rubble and left more than sixteen hundred people dead. Although the assault was initiated as part of a terror bombing campaign by Francoists against Basque Republican forces during the Spanish Civil War, its main intent was to test the effectiveness of the rising German Luftwaffe’s new equipment and strategies. To produce this detailed analysis of the political and military background of the attack and its subsequent international impact, Xabier Irujo examined archives and official government documents in several countries and conducted numerous interviews with Basques who survived. His account of the assault itself, based on eyewitness reports from both victims and attackers, vividly recalls the horror of that first example of the blitz bombing that served the Germans during the first years of World War II. Irujo’s book, Gernika, 1937: The Market Day Massacre, is an important contribution to the history of the Spanish Civil War and to our understanding of the military strategies and decisions that shaped this war and would later be employed by the Nazis during World War II.

Presenter information:

Xabier Irujo is associate professor and co-director at the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author of ten books and numerous scholarly articles, mostly focusing on aspects of genocide.

Cost: $8 for adults; free for museum members and ages 17 and under.

Contact information: Deborah Stevenson: or 775-687-4810, at ext. 237