On Tuesday, May 21st, we had the opportunity to visit one of the secret detention centers used during the 1976-1983 dictatorship. D2 is a conspicuous building in an alley between a church and a government building in downtown Cordoba. Given its proximity to the church – you can actually see the Bishop’s house from the room used to torture prisoners – you would not think that the junta would have the audacity to abuse prisoners at said location systematically; yet, the abuses taking place at D2 were an ‘open secret.’ Moreover, the fact that they abused prisoners in such a quasi-private place highlights the complicity of the church.
What stood out to me the most was the room where pregnant women were kept. The Center’s administrators staged the room to resemble a nursery which, for me, brought home the reality of what occurred. The disappearance of those women did not only affect their family and friends but also irrevocably altered the lives of their babies who were given up for adoption following their deaths.
Overall, this was a somber yet illuminating experience and having had the chance to visit the Center along with Dr. Reati, who was himself held there was memorable. I hope more people get to listen to Dr. Reati’s story and visit D2. Hopefully, by sharing the story of what occurred during the dictatorship, we can escape the inevitability of history repeating itself.