The Little School is an autobiographical account of life in an Argentine prison for political dissidents. Alicia Partnoy, the author, was kidnapped and held in one of . Alicia Partnoy describes in her memoir / vignette style book, “The Little School” her imprisoned experience. Partnoy was born into a family of. “The Little School,” written by Alicia Partnoy, depicted some of the accounts of the innocent people that were imprisoned and tortured during.

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It was the time when military authoritarianism governed or took control over countries of South America. It was also a time period where creative expression was inspired in order to defy fear and humanize the lives of ordinary people with the arts.

Alicia Partnoy is an example of the struggles she faced by this military dictatorship that began in Argentina in In important ways, her experience as a child in an immigrant family affected her relationship with society and helped to define her artistic work. He had also improved living conditions of people through fair wages, retirement plans, vacations, a good public health system and had granted women the right to vote.

Book Review: The Little School by Alicia Partnoy | Latino America: Modern Latin America

She helped create programs that meet perceived needs to Argentine people. Partnoy was elected student government representative and was active in the youth movement. Inperon died and Isabel the third wife and vice president was left in charge. Litle practically handed over control to the military. Paramilitary groups were kidnapped and political activists were killed with police support.

In marchthe military along with national oligarchy launched a coup highly successful stroke in which partmoy constitution was annulled and the media censored. As this said by them, was the only way luttle control not only the youth but the workers as well whose demands for better wages where getting out of control.

Attending school became psrtnoy Alicia Partnoy had to pass through two soldiers who were sitting with two machine guns at the entrance of the building. She lived with fear that one day her name was going to appear on that list and be taken away. Partnoy stopped going to classes as a littlr but her decision triggered her rage and decided to become more militant. That decision meant risking her life. She worked clandestinely for a year, reproducing and distributing information on the economic situation, the workers strikes and the repression.


On January 12,at noon, Alicia Partnoy was detained by military personnel at her home and minutes later the same personnel detained her husband at his work.

Were trains could be heard the fire shots at army commands and the mooing of cows. Partnoy stepped of the army truck hand cuffed and blindfolded.

Life In Argentina’s ‘Little School’ Prison Camp

By tilting her head she was able to read AAA which standed for Alianza Anticommunista Argentina; which was the name of a parapolice group with whom the military has since denied any relation. There were two rooms in the little school consisting of 15 prisoners. The floors were wood, the walls yellow with high windows and iron bars. Separating these rooms was a tilled hall where the presence of aicia guard insured that no sfhool moved or spoke.

At the end of the hall where the guards room, a kitchen and a bathroom. There was also a trailer where the guards slept. When it rained, water steamed into the rooms soaking everyone. When it got really cold dirty blankets were provided. Alicua it was burning hot they were obligated to cover themselves up to their heads. They were forced to remain silent and immobile with their eyes blindfolded and their wrists tightly bound. LUNCH was at 1: They went through eighteen consecutive hours without food.

Alicia Partnoy lost 20 pounds ths down to 95 pounds keeping in mind that she was 5ft 5in. Their meals were eaten blindfolded and when thirsty punches and threats were received. Alicia Partnoy spent more than three months in the Little school before she was transferred to a state prison where she stayed more than two years.

Inafter four and luttle half years of exile, Alicia returned to her homeland to mourn her friends that were killed by the military and liftle and to mourn members of her family who had died during her 7 years of her imprisonment.


Incredible—that is what I thought as I listened to the presentations about La Escuelita.

It was shocking for me to hear the horrific stories that were being told because it all seemed so recent. Thinking that just 20 years before I was born, years in which my parents were already born, people were still so poorly educated about human rights and took such drastic measures.

The internment camp mentioned in the presentations is just like the internment camps from the Holocaust and the concentration camps which housed Japanese americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The methods of torture that were employed were so cruel and grotesque that they made me cringe. Then I stop to think that people can become so blind when they simply choose litte see whats right.

Bahia Blanca, is not kilometeres south of Buenos Aires. It is more than kilometers, roughly. Plus, the Montoneros did not target workers.

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Notify me of new comments via email. March 23, at March natalie marie says: December 12, at 4: December 12, at 7: Thank you for commenting Natalie.

I will pass on your message to Alicia Partnoy. September 13, at 6: September 16, at 2: Can you explain your comment regarding who the Montoneros targeted? Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.

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