JUAN GONZÁLEZ RÍOS

Juan González Ríos nació en 1928 y cuando cumplió 9 años ya era huérfano de padre, que había sido ejecutado por las fuerzas franquistas, y hermano de otros dos jóvenes también fusilados. El hermano que le precedía por edad, aún adolescente, murió por haber prestado un pico a quienes cavaban una zanja en San José del Valle para defender el pueblo tras la sublevación militar del 18 de julio. Su padre, Francisco, y su madre, María, cargaron en mulos sus enseres, cogieron a los ocho hijos que les quedaban, y fueron a refugiarse a La Sauceda. Pensaban que en poco tiempo aquel levantamiento sería sofocado y el orden restaurado. Se equivocaron. Juan recuerda con precisión el día que un avión tiró tres bombas sobre el poblado y cómo luego otros tres aparatos sembraban el valle de terror. Su padre llevó a toda la familia al monte pero decidió volver a San José del Valle, pensando que la muerte de un hijo ya era suficiente castigo para ellos. Se presentó en la Guardia Civil y él y su hijo mayor desaparecieron para siempre. Para su viuda y sus hijos comenzó una posguerra de privaciones y silencio.

Juan González Ríos was born in 1928 and when he was nine years old he had already lost his father, who had been executed by Francoist forces, and two of his brothers, who had also been shot. The brother who was immediately above him in terms of age, and was in his teens, died because he had lent a pickaxe to those who were digging a trench in San José del Valle to defend the village after the military insurrection of 18th July. His father, Francisco, and mother María, loaded their possessions onto mules, gathered up the eight children that were left and took refuge in La Sauceda. They thought the uprising would be overcome within a short time, and order would be restored. They were wrong. Juan clearly remembers the day on which a plane dropped three bombs on the community, and how another three aircraft then filled the valley with terror. His father took the family into the mountains but decided to return to San José del Valle, thinking that the death of a son had already been punishment enough. He presented himself to the Guardia Civil, and he and his eldest son disappeared forever. His widow and sons suffered a post-war period full of privations and silence.