Friday, August 12

Identified in Écija the grave of the last republican mayor, shot in August 1936

Juan Tamariz-Martel y Arcos was shot in August 1936, at the age of 46, and in his grave it can be read that he died on August 13, which is why, just a few days ago, it was the 85th anniversary of his murder. The tomb of the last republican mayor of Écija is located in the San José area, near the entrance to the cemetery. His grave was in a state of abandonment and has been identified in recent days.

Precisely this tomb has been visited by the current mayor of Écija (Seville), David Javier García Ostos (PSOE), next to the municipal cemetery where he has been able to see the identification work of the remains of the victims of the Franco regime, which began just ago few days.

“Collective and individual” memory

The data of the burial of Tamariz-Martel were recorded in the cemetery registry, on a notebook page, and in greater detail than that of other reprisals, which would indicate that people with a certain purchasing power had the opportunity to bury their family members. in an area with a single grave.

The mayor of Écija, David Javier García Ostos, was visiting the tomb of Tamariz-Martel and referred to a double aspect, collective and individual, which must be taken into account: “We have to take into account – said the mayor – that we must recover the collective memory because the peoples who forget their history are practically obliged to repeat it and we cannot forget what happened in Écija in those first months of repression and what happened later during the next 40 years. ”

“Tamariz-Martel was a citizen chosen by his people, who worked for his people, and simply because of that he was assassinated and exposed for public derision for days,” he added.

The mayor of Écija also indicated that “we have to carry out individual reparation, because after the repression there were families with certain purchasing power who were able to recover the remains of their relatives to give them a dignified burial, but most of the reprisals went to stop the mass graves and their families do not know where the remains are. That is why this work to recover the remains of the victims is important so that they can be delivered to the families. ”

Exhumation, identification and surrender

The mayor of Écija refers to the identification work of the remains deposited in the cemetery’s pantheon of victims of the Franco regime, in whose progress he was interested. The objective is to exhume and catalog the remains for later identification and delivery to the next of kin. It is a project presented by the CREA association to the National Government, which finances it with 28,000 euros in this first phase.

The remains of the reprisals are in hundreds of bags, within the pantheon of victims. According to Carmen Romero, archaeologist coordinating the project, “we have already extracted from the pantheon about 50 bags, with the remains of 119 individuals, of which 6 we have been able to corroborate that they are reprisals, due to the type of injuries they present in the skull. “.

The works, which began on August 2, are very meticulous. At the same time, a genetic sampling of the relatives is carried out in this first phase, and they are also interviewed. In this sense, it should be remembered that there is a contact email for relatives who wish to give or receive information, or for genetic sampling: [email protected]