Person - González Bastante, Manuel (1918-?)

González Bastante, Manuel (1918-?)




Preferred form:

González Bastante, Manuel (1918-?)Other forms

Fechas de existencia:

Ciudad Real (España)  1918-09-12 - México  desconocida


Spanish painter and publicist that was exiled. He was born in Ciudad Real. In 1930, when his father died, he was examinated in the Cardenal Cisneros High School and joined the "Colegio de Huérfanos Ferroviarios" of Madrid, where he studied the higher secondary-education course. In 1935, he started to study in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid, and joined in 1935 the "Federación Universitaria Escolar" (FUE).

During the Spanish Civil War, he joined the railroad militia, that became a standard troop. He participated in the International Red Aid by working as secretary of the "Literatura y Prensa del Comité del Sector Norte" in Madrid. He was also political commissar of the Armoured Trains that fought in Madrid, Toledo and Levante fronts. When the was was over, he was Chief Inspector of Propaganda of the "Agrupación Centro-Sur". He was arrested in Alicante harbor and sent to Los Almendros and Albatera concentration camps, from where he managed to escape shortly after. He hid in his paternal uncle's house in Alicante for 4 years until he went in 1943 to Barcelona under the false name of José Arqués. He worked there in the "Feria Internacional de muestras". In 1946, he moved to France and lived there until he manage to go to Mexico by ship. In Paris, Octavio Paz took him an oath of allegiance to the Mexican Constitution. He arrived to Mexico in 1948.

Once there, he did not take part in politics until the seventies, when he joined the Socialist Party (PSOE) in Mexico, becoming Secretary-General. He contacted Enrique Tierno Galván and was his collaborator in Mexico for several years, although always within the PSOE and without joining the "Partido Socialista del Interior", neither the People's Socialist Party (PSP). He worked as Head of the Advertising Department of the "Gigante" channel. He became Mexican citizen and married his wife by proxy, who met him four years later.

In 1976, after 37 years of exile, he returned to Ciudad Real for a visit. At the end of his life, he lived in a small village close to Cuernavaca.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939




Alicante (España) between 1937 and 1939 Obs.:  Actividad durante la Guerra

Lugar de Residencia:

Cataluña (España) between 1943 and 1946

Lugar de Residencia:

Francia between 1946 and 1947 Obs.:  Comienzo de su exilio

Lugar de Residencia:

Madrid (España) between 1930 and 1937

Lugar de Llegada:

Nuevo Laredo (Tamaulipas, México) in 1948

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Ciudad Real (España) in 1918-09-12

Lugar de Defunción:




. Pla Brugat, Dolores. Catálogo del fondo de historia oral : refugiados españoles en México : Archivo de la Palabra. 1ª ed.. Dolores Pla Brugat (coordinadora). México D.F.: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. 2011. 1 CD-ROM. 978-607-484-184-8.

González Bastante, Manuel. Tuñon, Enriqueta. Proyecto de Historia Oral "Refugiados Españoles en México", Archivo de la Palabra, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), México : entrevista a Manuel González Bastante. 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.]: 1978]. 4 V..

Related Authorities

Paz, Octavio (1914-1998)  ( Es colega/ amigo de )

Associative relations :

Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Madrid, España)  ( Se forma en Bellas artes. )

Socorro Rojo Internacional  ( Es miembro de )

Tierno Galván, Enrique (1918-1986)  ( Colabora con )

External Links

Socialistas exiliados en México:

Diccionario biográfico del PSOE


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