Forty Years of Conflict: State, Church, and Spontaneous Representation of Massacres and Murder in Guatemala

  • Matthew J. Taylor
  • Michael K. Steinberg


No doubt, Guatemala’s hidden war exacted an onerous toll on both indigenous and Ladino (non-indigenous) minds and hearts.1 The publication of the United Nations sponsored Guatemala: Memoria del Silencio. (CEH 1999) and the Guatemalan Office of the Archbishops Guatemala: Nunca Más. (REMHI 1998) reveal to the outside world, in horrific detail, the acts and impacts of almost 40 years of violence. These grisly tomes documenting death and destruction in Guatemala’s towns and countryside permit, in the words of a witness,

Que la historia que pasamos

quede en las escuelas,

para que no se olvide,

para que nuestros hijos la conozcan.

(So that the history we experienced

stays in schools,

so that it is not forgotten,

so that our children know what happened).

(CEH 1999, vol. 5: 9).


Indigenous Woman Peace Treaty Guatemala City Liberation Theology Evangelical Church 
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