EUFEMIA DOMÍNGUEZ JIMÉNEZ

Eufemia Domínguez Jiménez was nine when the planes of Franco’s army flew over the mountains to bombard La Sauceda.  She was living with her father, her pregnant mother and her two sisters not far from the community in which many people from Cádiz province who were loyal to the Republic had taken refuge. Her father, Francisco, who sold charcoal and had a small farm, put her mother, María Jiménez González, and his two daughters on a horse and they went into the mountains to hide. After a few days he took them to Jimena, and he joined a group of men who were resisting the insurrection in the mountains. They never saw him again. The Francoists went looking for them, found them and killed them at El Marrufo. They also killed his mother, Eufemia’s grandmother. She remembers her father with great affection. She says he was a good man, and much loved by everybody. He often promised his daughters that one day they would go to live in the village and would be able to study. He couldn’t keep his promise, but he left his daughter the memory of his integrity and his affection. Eufemia has always treasured those memories.