Stories Never to be Forgotten

Eyewitness Accounts from the Salvadoran Civil War
Ralph Sprenkels
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Description

Translated from the Spanish by Francisco Jiménez.

Stories Never to Be Forgotten tells the extraordinary stories of five young people who were separated from their families as children during the Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992) and reunited with them once peace was established again. The protagonists are some of the first teenagers found by the Pro-Búsqueda Association of Disappeared Girls and Boys.

"Through these transparent accounts, in a frank and direct style, these young people have given us something new and astonishing: a unique and remarkable experience. The truths in these stories are shocking, and they reflect a reality that many people are unaware of or refuse to accept. Stories Never to be Forgotten clearly demonstrates that the present does not exist without history. This is true for these young people, for [their] country, and for the present that we are trying to build.

"Above all, this book inspires much more than it saddens. It affirms young people's strength, creativity, and capacity to struggle and move forward."

Jon de Cortina, SJ (1934-2005), founder of Pro-Búsqueda

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About the Author

Ralph Sprenkels is a political anthropologist with a PhD in Conflict Studies and Anthropology from Utrecht University. His publications include various books and articles on politics and human rights in El Salvador. He coordinates a program called Democratic Dialogue for Environmental Security that the Netherlands Institue for Multiparty Democracy is presently codeveloping in Latin America.

Francisco Jiménez received his BA from Santa Clara University and PhD in Latin American literature from Columbia University. He has authored and edited several books on Mexican and Mexican American literature. His most recent work, Taking Hold, is the fourth book in his award-winning memoir series. He holds honorary degrees from De Anza College and the University of San Francisco and is currently the Fay Boyle Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literataures at Santa Clara University.