Author: Miñana Barroso, Miguel

Title: Testimony of Miguel Miñana Barroso, Interview with Luis Martín-Cabrera and Scott Boehm; July 5, 2007.

Published: Béjar, Spain, Spanish Civil War Memory Project, 2007.

Description: 3 tapes

Notes: Miguel Miñana Barroso’s testimony is in Spanish without subtitles. The testimony was recorded in the headquarters of the Unión General de Trabajadores (General Union of Workers) in Béjar, Salamanca.

Summary: Miguel Miñana Barroso was born in Béjar in 1931. Miguel recounts being five years old when his father was detained with thirty-five other people. His father was the secretary of the Republican municipal council of Béjar in Salamanca. Miguel recalls that on January 1, 1937, the Falangists executed his father and the rest of the officials of the municipal council. He explains that his father did not have a political affiliation but sympathized with Socialist ideas. Miguel details the general strike of the textile workers in Béjar and the ensuing repression. He describes his experiences in school under the dictatorship. Miguel relates his militancy in the Unión General de Trabajadores (General Union of Workers) as a textile worker. He specifies the repercussions that Colonel Tejero’s 1981 coup d’état had in Béjar. After the transition to democracy, Miguel was elected councilman of the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (Spanish Socialist Party) in Béjar.

Cite as: Miñana Barroso, Miguel. Testimony of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist Dictatorship. University of California, San Diego, 2007.