SIMÓN HERRERA GAVILÁN

Simón Herrera Gavilán was three years old in 1936. He lost his father shortly after the war began. Domingo Herrera Rojas was living at Las Hermanillas, an area outside Jimena de la Frontera. Some falangists stole the few goats he owned and took them to El Marrufo, the estate which, although it is part of the municipality of Jerez, is close to La Sauceda. Franco’s troops set up a detention and execution centre there. Domingo didn’t get his goats back; instead, he was shot. Simón had seven siblings and his mother, Antonia, died in 1940. Another family from Jimena, the Sánchez family, looked after the young orphans. Simón then lost his older brother when he went to do military service, and a second brother died from a health problem related to his stomach. He is eternally grateful to the family who took them in. And he has always wished he knew more about his father. “I think of him every single day,” he says. Simón has actively collaborated with the movement to recuperate the historic memory, and he visited the exhumations which were carried out at El Marrufo in 2012 several times. After DNA tests were carried out, he discovered that one of the 28 bodies which were recovered was that of his father.