Person - Albornoz Salas, Concepción (1900-1972)

Albornoz Salas, Concepción (1900-1972)




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Luarca (Valdés, Asturias, España)  1900-04-29 - 1972-02-29


Exiled Spanish professor and scholar. Daughter of the politician Álvaro de Albornoz y Liminiana and Amalia Salas Abella Fuentes, and sister of the writer Álvaro de Albornoz.

She studied in Luarca, her birthplace and she graduated in Philosophy and Literature in the Universidad Central of Madrid. There she met who would later be her husband, Ángel Segovia Burillo. She won the competitive examination for a chair and was assigned as a teacher at the Instituto Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid.

She was a local of the cultural circles of Madrid, organizing literature gatherings in her house. Not only that, but she was also a member of the Lyceum Club Femenino.

She was one of the signers of the Manifiesto de la Alianza de Escritores Antifascistas para la Defensa de la Cultura (Manifesto of the Alliance of Antifascist Writers for the Defense of Culture). Then, with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, she went to Paris as secretary of the Spanish Embassy in France, but returned and was part of the State's Ministry.

She spent some time with her husband, deployed in London, and after a crisis, in January 1937 she began the divorce process.

She moved to Valencia in 1937 along with the Government of the Republic. She resumed her diplomatic career, opting for a position as secretary at the embassy in Athens but never got to occupy it, as she was accused of espionage.

She moved to Paris where she joined her father, but she did not stay there for long as she accepted an invitation from her friend Máximo José Kahn, then consul, to reside in Thessaloniki (Greece).

Once the conflict was over, she moved to France and organized her exile to Mexico. Along with her family, she embarked in June 1939 to Cuba. There, she will stay until December 1940, a period she would use to teach literature in the Escuela Libre of La Havana.

In January 1940, aboard the 'Monterrey', she arrived in Mexico where she lived until 1944, when she would move to the United States to work as a teacher of Spanish Literature in the Mount Holyoke College, in mássachusetts. During those years, she would keep meeting up with her intellectual circle in Europe and Mexico. She passed away in the Mexican capital in 1972.

Monterrey (barco de vapor)

Date of the event: 1940-01-11

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939

República Española, 1931-1939

Description: Secretaria de la embajada de España en Francia.



Professors  Obs.:  de Literatura española

Secretaries  Obs.:  De embajada



Cuba in 1939-06-29


United States in 1944


Greece between 1937 and 1939


Madrid (España)


Paris in 1936-07-01

Place of arrival:

Veracruz (México) in 1940-01-25


València (España) in 1937

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Luarca (Valdés, Asturias, España) in 1900-04-29

Lugar de Defunci¿n:

Ciudad de México (México) in 1972-02-29





López García, José Ramón. Magda o de la amistad: Homenaje a Concha de Albornoz de Juan Gil-Albert.. Universitat autónoma de Barcelona. 2013.(texto completo)

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Albornoz Salas, Álvaro de (1901-1975)  - Collateral (He/She is the brother/sister of)

Escosura Beckar, Araceli de la (1906-?)  - Collateral (He/She is my brother-in-law/sister-in-law)

Albornoz, Álvaro de (1879-1954)  - Descendant (He/She is the son/daughter of)

Salas Abella-Fuertes, Amalia (1879-?)  - Descendant (He/She is the son/daughter of)

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