Author: Bel, Josep

Title: Testimony of Josep Bel. Interview with Elize Mazadiego and Luis Martín-Cabrera; July 7, 2010.

Published: Barcelona, Spain, Spanish Civil War Memory Project, 2010.

Description: 3 tapes

Notes: Josep Bel's testimony is in Spanish without subtitles. The testimony was recorded in the Sindicato de Comisiones de Base in Barcelona, Spain.

Summary: Josep Bel was born in the town of San Andrés, outside of Barcelona. Josep relates his childhood experiences in a relatively progressive school. He explains that his teachers and classmates exposed him to anti-Franco sentiment and leftist politics. Josep recounts his initial interest in politics, which was eventually repressed during his studies in a more conservative school. He narrates his experience carrying out military service. Josep recalls that he began working for Telefónica afterward. He tells of becoming involved with the Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras (Trade Union Confederation of Labor Commissions, CCOO) at Telefónica. Josep details his participation in syndicate activities, such as elections, meetings, and strikes against the company. He notes the internal conflicts that led to his break with CCOO. Josep describes the formation of the Sindicato de Comisiones de Base (Trade Union of Base Commissions) and discusses his role in the syndicate.

Cite as: Bel, Josep. Testimony of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist Dictatorship. University of California, San Diego, 2010.