Person - Botella Pastor, Ovidio (1909-1996)

Botella Pastor, Ovidio (1909-1996)




Preferred form:

Botella Pastor, Ovidio (1909-1996)

Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Alcoy (Alicante, España)  1909-02-07 - México  1996


Spanish architect that exiled during the Spanish Civil War. He was son of the Minister of Justice of the Republic, Juan Botella Asensi. He studied in the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid. During the thirties, he collaborated with the "Ministerio de Instrucción Pública y Bellas Artes" in different public school constructions. During the war, he was member of the Corp of Engineers of the Republican Army and Head of Engineers of the 5th Army, where he carried out a technical operation that consisted on the construction of a series of bridges over boats in order to secure the pass of the Ebro river. This operation was published in the magazine of the German Military Staff. During his period in the front, he met important personalities like the soldiers Enrique Líster and Juan Modesto.

He first exiled in France, where he was imprisoned along with his brother Claudio Botella Pastor in Argelès-sur-Mer concentration camp. He later lived for some months in Paris with all his family before going to Mexico. During his stay in France, the French and Russian army wanted him to join them after knowing the work he carried out with the bridges in the Ebro battle.

He arrived to Veracruz (Mexico) on board "Flandre" ship in June 1939 with his wife Ángeles Campos Arteaga, his children Ovidio and Ángela Botella Arteaga, his father Juan Botella Asensi, his borthers Ovidio Botella Pastor and Virgilio Botella Pastor, his sisters-in-law Ángeles Campos Arteaga and María Dolores Batalla Altamirano, and his nephew Claudio Botella Medina.

Once in Mexico, he founded along with Roberto Fernández Balbuena, architect and painter from Madrid, a construction company: "Técnicos Asociados SA". He made numerous public and private works in Mexico, like the National Institute of Cardiology. He received help from the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) and the "Junta de Auxilio a los Republicanos Españoles" (JARE). There is not more information about his life.

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 1909-02-07

Lugar de Defunción:

México in 1996





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 :

Campos Arteaga, Ángeles (1912-?)  - Marriage (He/She is married to)

Batalla Altamirano, María Dolores (1908-?)  - Collateral (He/She is my brother-in-law/sister-in-law)

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

Botella Pastor, Virgilio (1906-1996)  - Collateral (He/She is the brother/sister of)

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

See ancestors

Campo de concentración de Argelès-sur-Mer (Pirineos Orientales, Francia)

Associative relations :

Coll Alas, Óscar (1909-1967)  ( Coinciden en el cuerpo de ingenieros del ejército Republicano. También fueron compañeros en la Federación Unitaria Escolar )

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

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


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