A reminder this week that back in the 1970s when Jimmy fiddled his way across the UK and we bopped to glam rock at the local YMCA, across the Atlantic the regime in Argentina was quietly killing its young dissidents. The Navy Mechanics School (ESMA) housed around 5,000 political prisoners over the time of its use of whom only about 150 survived. The remainder were either taken to the cellar and shot, or drugged with Sodium Pentothal and 'transferred' in batches on one of the Navy's Short Skyvans. They would be stripped naked, and once over the Rio de la Plata, pushed one by one from the rear cargo ramp.
Alfredo Astiz, the 'Angel of Death', who surrendered to our forces at the beginning of the 1982 war, was once again in the courtroom with 67 others, facing charges over the murder of over 700 victims of the Argentine regime. He is already serving a life sentence imposed in 2011. It has taken all week just to read the charges to the accused.
It's unlikely you'll have read of the trial in British papers last week. However, El Pais reports fully - not only because of the traditional interest in South America, but because of the resonance within Spain for bringing to light such crimes committed during the Franco era within Spain itself. As more and more skeletal remains and scraps of leather and buckles are dug from their execution graves a question is gaining traction in Spain as to the future of Franco's tomb itself in the Valle de los Caidos.
A reminder that in many parts of Europe living memories of being groped by a vacuous radio DJ pale into insignificance in comparison to experiences of State terror, torture and death.