FRANCISCA LOBATO DOMÍNGUEZ

Francisca Lobato Domínguez was seven and living with her parents and two siblings when the war started. Her father, Roque, was executed by the Francoist troops who seized La Sauceda. There, near the church, he was buried clandestinely by his executioners. His wife and children were taken, with the rest of the inhabitants, to El Marrufo estate, where they were detained. Francisca vividly remembers the chapel in which the women and children were kept, and the cries of the prisoners who were taken out to be shot. She also remembers how her mother, by then a widow, went to live near Castellar and tried to make a living by selling things. She would walk between Jimena and La Línea to sell her goods and earn money to feed her children. Neither her mother nor Francisca ever forgot what had happened and some years after the dictator’s death Francisca was able to give her father’s remains a dignified burial. Somebody had placed a piece of stone on the place where he had been buried, and they were able to locate it. The assassins had failed in their attempt to wipe out forever the traces of their crime.