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The period between the Second Republic, the civil war and the military dictatorship is undoubtedly one of the most dramatic stages in the history of Spain in which the historian and writer Nicolás González Lemus wanted to delve into his new book Little and big heroes of La Orotava. Domingo el Crusantero and other republicans retaliated.
In it he tells through the story of his father, the drama that was lived in those years and specifically, in the neighborhood of San Juan, in Villa de Arriba, the most damaged during the military coup of 1936 with many reprisals.
“In fact, when the coup occurred there was a displacement of troops to occupy the neighborhood on different corners by the Army,” says the author.
His father was a clerk in one of the two large supply companies that were then in the municipality, that of Jesús Rodríguez Franco. He was a member of the socialist group-UGT, which was formed in the Villa in 1931 and later joined the Popular Front, a coalition that brought together the main left-wing parties.
On July 18, 1936, a day after the coup, he was arrested along with another colleague and the son of the owner of the company. He was imprisoned from 1936 to 1939, first in the Teobaldo Power, the place where all the reprisals were crowded. From there he was sent to Fyffes Prison and then to Africa.
One of the reasons that motivated him to return to Tenerife in 1941 and separate from his best friends was that his girlfriend and future wife were waiting for him, who kept all the letters he sent him at that time, when they were dating, a very important source of documentation. for the historian.
Domingo asked to be reinstated in his job but they told him that he was already busy and they did not need more people so he dedicated himself with his family to the wine farm, selling wine to sales, still lifes and beach bars until he got permission to set up. your own tavern.
“In 1977 he passed away and did not experience the transition and neither did the first moments of democracy,” his son laments.
His father was 19 years old when he was arrested and, like many young people of the time, “they spoiled his youth and that was a permanent frustration throughout his life,” he emphasizes. “It was a generation that lived in very difficult circumstances. They stayed here, they lived frustrated and they distanced themselves a lot out of fear. Others were forced to leave the town and even to emigrate to Venezuela, Barcelona and the Dominican Republic ”.
Nicolás González Lemus always focused his studies and research on tourism and the English in Puerto de la Cruz but he has made a hiatus of almost three years to deal with this new work, in which it is narrated in a pleasant and rigorous way, with documentation and more than 150 interviews, the life of his father and that of many retaliated Republican colleagues.
The presentation will be on June 25 at 8:00 p.m. in the San Juan neighborhood square, and will be given by the historian José Manuel Hernández, who in turn is the author of the prologue.

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