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Posted by Winston_Smith on Mon 7 Jun 2010 to Interrogation_Forum

During the Spanish Civil War a number of Stalinist interrogation methods were imported into Republican Spain and used by SIM and their Soviet advisers.

The thing that has always caught my attention was not so much the torture or interrogation methods used but the method of incarceration. For example in a typical checa cell, which was no bigger than a downstairs loo, the floor was lined with bricks tilted at an angle to produce a most uneven floor. A seat and bunk were often provided but neither was actually big enough to either sit on or lie down comfortably. And because of the uneven floor there was no rest to be had there either. A light burned in the cell 24/7 and the prisoner was subject to being viewed regularly.

Refinements included stripping the prisoners; playing disorientating music, jazz probably ;-); irregular cell visits; awful food and water and leaving them in their own filth.

Then, after a 'suitable period' the interrogations would begin. Often ending in a confession to a trumped charge of being a Francoist or similar.

Anyone like the sound of this?

PS: Checa came from Cheka - Russian secret police. In spain checa meant a secret prison.

SIM - Servicio Investigacion Militar - Spanish Republican secret police

On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time.

Reply by number_7 on Wed 23 Jun 2010


Reply by Winston_Smith on Wed 23 Jun 2010

Regular readers may also be interested in this article from some time ago:


On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time.