Córdoba was one of the provinces in Argentina that was terrorized by the military junta the hardest during the State Terror. I wondered why Córdoba and in James Brennan’s “Argentina’s Missing Bones” I was able to get my answer. Brennan discourses how the combination of Córdoba’s large student population and auto industry workers along with their ability to mobilize and organize made Córdoba a specialized target for the junta.
Though the State Terror, has left an irrecoverable mark on Argentina and in Córdoba, the people of Córdoba have continued the spirits of the disappeared in their remembrance and political resistance. Family members, organizations, and activist who work at D2 and La Perla were able to turn junta detention centers into places of life and memorials while educating people on the history and terror of the State Terrorism. D2 and La Perla are filled with touches of the disappeared across its walls from photographs, old memorabilia, notes from their family members, biographies, what books they read, and what art they consumed. At La Perla, specifically, there is an emphasis on art to remember the disappeared, the injustices they experienced within the clandestine camps, and an awareness of what working class are experiencing today in Argentina.
From graffiti that highlight the oppression people experience to organizations like La Marea Derecho and the continuation of the Juventud Universitaria Peronista the political spirit that the junta repressed is alive.
Walking down the street and seeing Córdoba’s resilience was inspiring and has left an impact on me to be more active in resisting systematic oppression.
Brennan, J. P. (2018). Argentina’s Missing Bones: Revisting the History of the Dirty War. Oakland, CA: University of Cailfornia Press.