Author: Alcoberro, Agustí

Title: Testimony of Agustí Alcoberro. Interview with Andrea Davis and Elize Mazadiego; July 20, 2010.

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

Description: 2 tapes

Notes: Agustí Alcoberro's testimony is in Spanish without subtitles. The testimony was recorded in the Museu d'História de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

Summary: Agustí Alcoberro was born in 1958 in a small town outside of Barcelona. Agustí tells that his family later moved to Clot, a working-class neighborhood of Barcelona. He recounts his educational experiences and early political formation at the age of fifteen. Agustí details his political activism in the Joventuts Revolucionàries Catalanes (Catalan Revolutionary Youth, JRC) and explains how he was influenced by Marxist revolutionaries, pro-Independence activists in Spain, and political groups in Latin America. He relates his participation in the Assemblea de Catalunya (Assembly of Catalonia). In 1975, Agustí, his brother, and other members of the JRC were arrested and jailed under an anti-terrorist law. He describes his experiences at the police station on Via Laietana and his two-month imprisonment in the Modelo Prison in Barcelona. Agustí recalls Franco's death, which occurred while he was incarcerated. Upon being released, he resumed his political militancy in the JRC. Agustí narrates his involvement in the creation of Independentistes dels Països Catalans (Independence Supporters of the Catalan Countries). He comments on the transition from the Francoist regime to democracy and its relationship to Catalonia. Agustí discusses his work as a historian and director of the Museu d'História de Catalunya (Museum of the History of Catalonia).

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