Author: Barrio, José

Title: Testimony of José Barrio, Interview with Scott Boehm and Jorge Rojo; January 29, 2009.

Published: Majadahonda, Spain, Spanish Civil War Memory Project, 2009.

Description: 1 tape

Notes: José Barrio’s testimony is in Spanish without subtitles. The testimony was recorded in his home in Majadahonda.

Summary: José Barrio was born in 1917 in Segovia. José remembers that his family moved to Madrid when he was a child. He recounts that at the outbreak of the Civil War, he and his younger brother voluntarily joined the Republican Army. José tells of being a captain in the army at age eighteen. He recalls fighting in the Castellón front. While on leave in Madrid, he received news that his younger brother had died in battle. José relates his detention in a concentration camp at the end of the war and his subsequent incarceration in the Ocaña prison for approximately one month. José explains that after being released, he worked for Standard Electric. He currently receives a pension for his military service. José comments that his partner, Carmen Ibáñez, has fought for many years and without success to have his pension adjusted to reflect his military rank.

Cite as: Barrio, José. Testimony of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist Dictatorship. University of California, San Diego, 2009.