AMADOR MORA ROJAS

Amador Mora Rojas was a teacher and was twice mayor of Tarifa. In 1931 he occupied the post for the first time, but was removed by the right-wing biennium government in 1933. He became mayor again following the triumph of the Popular Front in May 1936. Before the war he had already suffered frenzied attacks by the landowning right in the town for his support for the poor and for being in favour of secular and equal education for all. When the military insurrection took place, Amador fled with other people from Tarifa to Málaga and enlisted with the Pablo Iglesias battalion of the Republican army. Meanwhile, Franco’s troops shot his wife, Antonia Martín, and his children Carmen and Miguel. Amador Mora died fighting on the Córdoba front, close to Pozoblanco. In Tarifa, all the family’s belongings were confiscated, stolen or looted. The two surviving children, Juan and Antonia, only received the bag which their mother had left at Algeciras jail before being shot, and a pair of bloody earrings which had belonged to Carmen, their older sister, who was executed in Cádiz