Estrella Cortichs
Person - Cortichs Viñals, Estrella (1902-1985)

Cortichs Viñals, Estrella (1902-1985)




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Cortichs Viñals, Estrella (1902-1985)Alternative forms (other languages) Other forms

Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Gironella (Barcelona, España)  1902-04-14 - Barcelona (España)  1985


Spanish teacher who was exiled. She was born in Gironella (Barcelona) in 1902. Her parents separated when she was still a child, so she was sent to a religious institution. Her father was always involved in politics, and was a liberar republican and Mayor of Gironella.

She studied teacher education in Madrid in the "Escuela Superior de Magisterio" between 1924 and 1928. She passed the Civil Service examination and worked in the Lope de Rueda School, where she was director as well. When the Spanish Civil War started in 1936, she was in Bilbao and went back to Madrid in September, collaborating with the "Universidad Popular". In the same year, she got married Ricardo Mora and worked in "Ayuda Infantil", putting into practice the pedagogic ideas of Giner de los Ríos.

When the war was over, she moved to France along with refugee children and entered Perpignan concentration camp, but she managed to escape with the help of some friends. She then focused on making an inventory for "Ayuda Infantil" of all the spanish refugee children in France.

She left France and went to the Dominican Republic, where worked in a school in Santo Domingo. Some months later, she went to Cuba and then to Mexico, arriving in October 1940. She worked as teacher in Mexico in several schools like the Luis Vives and the Madrid School. She became Mexican citizen and retired in 1967. She was member of the "Mariana Pineda" women group, helping the resistance against Franco. She also was member for some time of the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSUC). She went back to Spain for holidays in 1962, and definitely settled in Barcelona in 1973.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939

Cuba (barco de vapor)

Description: Expedición que salió de Burdeos (Francia) y llega a República Dominicana en enero de 1940

Date of the event: 1940-11-01


Description: medio de transporte:

Date of the event: 1940-10-28

Location associated with the date: Veracruz (México)



Profesores  Obs.:  Educación primaria

Profession (carried on by):

Primary school teachers


Place of departure:

Burdeos (Gironda, Francia) in 1940

Place of arrival:

Cuba in 1940


Madrid (España) in 1924 Obs.:  Y lugar de formación


Ciudad de México (México) in 1940

Place of arrival:

Perpiñán (Pirineos Orientales, Francia) in 1939

Veracruz (México) in 1940-10-28

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Gironella (Barcelona, España) in 1902-04-14

Lugar de Defunción:

Barcelona (España) in 1985




(Function) He/She carries out/ perform:

Evacuation of civilians

(Function) He/She carries out/ perform:



Cortichs i Vinyals, Estrella. Tuñon, Enriqueta. Proyecto de Historia Oral "Refugiados Españoles en México", Archivo de la Palabra, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), México : entrevista con Estrella Cortich Viñals. Realizada por Enriqueta Tuñon [Para el Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia de México en colaboración con el Ministerio de Cultura de España]. [s.L.: S.N.]: 1981]. 2 V..

Tornafoch, Xavier. Personatges: Estrella Cortichs, una mestra de Gironella. En: L'Erol: revista cultural del Berguedà. 2003. nº 77 El món de la fusta. pp. 33-35. ISSN electrònic: 2385-3492.

Related Authorities

Ajut Infantil de Reraguarda (Barcelona, España)  ( He/She works for )

Associative relations :

Castillo Iglesias, Luis (1903-1981)  ( He/She/It collaborated with )

Giner de los Ríos, Francisco (1839-1915)  ( He/She is apprentice/student/employee of )

Instituto Luis Vives (Ciudad de México, México)  ( He/She works for )

Partit Socialista Unificat de Catalunya  ( He/She is a member of )

Velasco Garro, Ananda (1913-?)  ( He/She is friend with )


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