The resources listed below are good starting points about many different topics that are important for understanding the Salvadoran reality, especially in terms of liberation theology and the Christian Base Communities. If you are looking for information about a particular topic, feel free to email us, and we’ll see if we’ve got anything. If you know of a resource that belongs on this list, please let us know, and we will add it! Hopefully, this page can serve as a library of sorts for the FUNDAHMER network. Where possible, we have linked to online versions of books and articles. Happy learning!
These websites are helpful for information about current events and the present reality of El Salvador. Most are the websites of other NGO’s with more of a focus on activism in the United States.
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES): www.cispes.org
Tim’s El Salvador Blog: http://luterano.blogspot.com/
Voices on the Border: http://voiceselsalvador.wordpress.com/
Brackley, Dean, SJ.: “Crosses and Resurrections: Good News from Central America!” 18 February 2009: Part I http://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/20090218_1.htm, PART II
Danner, Mark. The Massacre at El Mozote. New York: Random House, 1994. Penetrating account of the war and the U.S. through the lens of the most extensive massacre of the civil war (Dec. 1980), telling the story with the help of the lone survivor, Rufina Amaya. ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE AT http://www.markdanner.com/articles/show/the_truth_of_el_mozote
Dennis, Marie, Golden, Renny, and Wright, Scott. Oscar Romero: Reflections on His Life and Writings. Jan 18, 2000.
Ellacuría, Ignacio, SJ. “Commencement Address, Santa Clara University”, 1992. http://www.scu.edu/Jesuits/ellacuria.html Very important address, written by one of the Jesuit martyrs during the war, 7 years before his assassination.
Lopez Vigil, Maria, Ed. Memories in Mosaic: Stories of Mons. Oscar Romero.
Lopez Vigil, Jose Ignacio. Rebel Radio: The Story of El Salvador’s Radio Venceremos. New York: Crossroads Press, 1996.
Romero, Mons. Oscar A. The Violence of Love. Compiled and translated by James R. Brockman, S.J. San Francisco and Toronto: Harp & Row and Whiteside, 1988; reprinted Farmington, Penn.: Plough Publishing, 1998.
Sobrino, Jon, SJ. Witnesses to the Kingdom.Very good short introductions to the many martyrs of El Salvador, written by a member of the Jesuit community that survived the assassination because he was out of the country by chance.
Wright,Scott. Oscar Romero and the Communion of the Saints: A Biography. Jan 15, 2010.
Romero. Starring Raul Julia. Vidmark Entertainment video. 105 minutes, The story of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. Not necessarily 100% historically accurate, but many student groups find this film compelling as an introduction.
Roses in December. The story of Jean Donovan, a missionary from the United States who was assassinated in El Salvador in 1980, by Ana Carrigan and Bernard Stone. Available from Maryknoll World Productions. Tel. 1-800-227-8523.
School of Assassins, narrated by Susan Sarandon, 1995 Academy Award Nominee. Available from Maryknoll World Productions.