Person - Botella Pastor, Virgilio (1906-1996)

Botella Pastor, Virgilio (1906-1996)




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Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Alcoy (Alicante, España)  1906-10-27 - Gijón (Asturias, España)  1996-12-30


Spanish politician, lawyer and writer that exiled during the Spanish Civil War. He was son of the Minister of Justice of the Republic, Juan Botella Asensi. He studied Laws in the Complutense University of Madrid, was Captain of the "Cuerpo de Intendencia de la Armada", and embarked in the gunboat "Bonifaz". He worked and directed a lawyer's office that his father had founded with Álvaro de Albornoz in Madrid. He was also Head of Administration of the "Cuerpo de Intervención Civil" of the Spanish Navy. In 1937, he represented Spain in the International Federation of Technical Analysts, focused on solving the economic situation of the Tangier International Zone. He was designated First Secretary in an Embassy and attended as Secretary General of the Spanish Delegation in the Assembly of the League of Nations held in Geneva in 1937. He served as Captain of "Intendencia" in the military port of Rosas.

After the Spanish Civil War, he first exiled in Paris, where he lived with his family for some months before going to Mexico. He arrived to Veracruz (Mexico) on board "Flandre" ship in June 1939 along with his wife María Dolores Batalla Altamirano, his father Juan Botella Asensi, his brother Claudio Botella Pastor, his sister-in-law Ángeles Campos Arteaga and his two nephews Ovidio and Ángela Botella Arteaga. In this country, he was Head of Credits in a finance company created by aid agencies of the Spanish migration, and administrative manager of an important textile company. He received help of the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) and the "Junta de Auxilio a los Republicanos Españoles" (JARE).

In 1945, he moved to Paris, where he was designated Director General of the Executive Office of the Spanish Republican Government in the exile, post that held until 1956. In the same year, he joined the UNESCO as International Civil Servant until 1979. He was conference translator for the Interpol, collaborated in different Republican publications and wrote a novel saga in 1953 about the Civil War and the exile, which the first one was "Porque callaron las campanas". He wrote his memoirs between 1979 and 1980.

In 1985, he returned to Madrid and, in 1986, he finally settled in Gijón (Asturias), where he gave speeches in the "Ateneo" of Gijón during the eighties. He died in Gijón in 1996.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939

Flandre (barco de vapor)

Description: Expedición que parte de Saint-Nazaire (Francia) y llega a Veracruz (México) en 1939

Date of the event: 1939-06-01

Location associated with the date: Veracruz (México)




Place of arrival:

Veracruz (México) in 1939-06-01

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Alcoy (Alicante, España) in 1906-10-27

Lugar de Defunción:

Gijón (Asturias, España) in 1996-12-30







Botella Pastor, Virgilio. Alted Vigil, Alicia. Entre memorias: las finanzas del gobierno republicano espanñol en el exilio . Virgilio Botella Pastor; edición e introducción de Alicia Alted Vigil. Sevilla: Editorial Renacimiento. 2002. 256 páginas.

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Family relationships :

Batalla Altamirano, María Dolores (1908-?)  - Marriage (He/She is married to)

Botella Pastor, Claudio (1912-?)  - Collateral (He/She is the brother/sister of)

Botella Pastor, Ovidio (1909-1996)  - Collateral (He/She is the brother/sister of)

Campos Arteaga, Ángeles (1912-?)  - Collateral (He/She is my brother-in-law/sister-in-law)

Botella Asensi, Juan (1884-1942)  - Descendant (He/She is the son/daughter of)

See ancestors

Junta de Auxilio a los Republicanos Españoles  ( He/She is the owner/beneficiary/president of )

Associative relations :

Servicio de Evacuación de Refugiados Españoles  ( He/She is the owner/beneficiary/president of )


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