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Google Maps adds Sites and Memory Spaces in Argentina

Google Maps added to its platform 15 Sites and Spaces of Memory from different provinces of the country, with the aim of preserving, signaling and making visible the sites linked to State terrorism in Argentina during the last civic-military dictatorship.


This way, Google accompanies the dissemination work of the Secretariat of Human rights. To realize this initiative,e created a new categorization for points of interest on Google Maps called “Memory Sites and Spaces”, non-existent anywhere else in the world.

These points will be administered by the Nation’s Human Rights Secretariat and will have official information on the history of each one of them, as well as images and outstanding data to learn in detail what they represent within Argentine history. In turn, people will be able to add their own reviews, add photos or recount their memories of what happened, in order to be participants in the digital and collective construction of memory.


The difference between Sites and Memory Spaces

The Sites of Memory are those places that functioned as clandestine detention centers (CCD) or where emblematic events related to the actions of terrorism took place. of State until December 10, 1983. The sites constitute today, among other testimonies, judicial evidence in trials for crimes against humanity. So far, approximately 800 places that had this use have been identified.


Lhe Memory Spaces are some of the sites linked to State terrorism that were reconverted under that name. In the country there are more than forty of these experiences -between spaces and projects- in which educational, cultural, artistic and research activities are carried out permanently aimed at the transmission of memory and the promotion of human rights.

“We work together with the Human Rights Secretariat to be able to better publicize the Memory Sites and Spaces, which now have visibility on Google Maps. This way, Argentina is the first country to integrate the new categorization “Sites and Spaces of Memory” into our platform, said Eleonora Rabinovich, Senior Manager of Public Policies and Government Affairs at Google Southern Cone., in the statement released by the company. And he added: “At Google we want to contribute with our technology so that we can all visit, learn, remember and reflect on a crucial period for the construction of our collective memory. Putting that memory on the map is another step so that these crimes never happen again.”

For its part, Horacio Pietragalla CortiSecretary of Human Rights of the Nation, said: “This collaboration marks a milestone because it will allow more people to get to know the Sites and Spaces of Memory of our country, and the work of building memory and promoting rights that we carry out from the Human Rights Secretariat”.


On the other hand, Pietragalla Corti stressed the importance of incorporating reliable information on each of these places. “The data incorporated is based on the documentary collection of the National Archive of Memory and the work carried out by the National Directorate of Memory Sites of the Secretariat together with the Human Rights Organizations of each of the provinces. We are very proud to be the first country to implement this new category, honoring Argentina’s tradition as a benchmark in human rights worldwide.“, said.

The first 15 places were selected by the Secretary of Human Rights of the Nation based on their representativeness of the different crimes committed and their federal location. In this sense, a place was chosen where the murder of political prisoners took place; a cemetery where victims of the last dictatorship were buried irregularly; a policestation; two regiments in charge of dependencies of the armed forces; an Intelligence site, where kidnappings of militants were collected and planned; a company and a penitentiary unit.

Next, the 15 Sites and Spaces of Memory in Google Maps:

1. San Martín Cemetery Memory Site (Villa Lynch, San Martín, Province of Buenos Aires).

2. RI9 memory site (City of Corrientes, Corrientes).

3. Memory site Intelligence Battalion 601 (Autonomous City of Buenos Aires).

4. Campo de Mayo memory site (Los Polvorines, Province of Buenos Aires).

5. Palomitas Massacre memory site (General Güemes, Salta).

6. Ford Factory Memory Site (Gral. Pacheco, Tigre).

7. Site of memory former Legislature of San Juan (San Juan, Province of San Juan).

8. Calilegua Police Station 41a Memory Site (Calilegua, Jujuy).

9. Memory site Penal Unit No. 1 of Córdoba (General San Martín, Córdoba).

10. Space for Memory former CCD ESIM (Mar del Plata, Province of Buenos Aires).

11. Space for Memory former CCD “La escuelita de Famaillá” (Famaillá, Tucumán).

12. Space for Memory ex CCD “Automotores Orletti” (Autonomous City of Buenos Aires).

13. Space for Memory ex CCD “Olimpo” (Autonomous City of Buenos Aires).

14. Space for Memory former CCD “Club Atlético” (Autonomous City of Buenos Aires).

15. Space for Memory ex CCD “Virrey Cevallos” (Autonomous City of Buenos Aires).

Through the National Directorate of Memory Sites and Spaces of the Undersecretariat for Promotion, since 2007 the Secretariat has signaled the former clandestine detention centers and other places linked to the actions of State terrorism. Since 2011, this policy has been framed in Law No. 26,691 on the Preservation, Signaling and Dissemination of Sites of Memory of State Terrorism.


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