Historyline 15

The Captain

Today we want to share with you the story of Joan Cabratosa, a mechanic and military man who became a captain of engineers in the Army.

During the Civil War, he was assigned to Battalion No. 136 of the Motor Transport Company. After the war, he and his family the whole family went into exile, and he was interned in the Argelès concentration camp.

In September 1939, Joan was reunited with his daughter and wife after he was released from the Argelès camp. Our #protagonist crossed the border clandestinely to the family home in Sant Ferriol. He then went to Vierzon (Cher Department) and to Paris, where his wife and daughter also went shortly after. Joan Cabratosa worked as a mechanic in “La Précision Moderne” making war weapons and, from 1941, in the airfield of Villacoublay, in the outskirts of Paris.

On April 19, 1941, he was arrested by the Gestapo and taken to the Santé prison. In the summer, he was transferred to Stalag XII-D (Trier, Germany), and from there to Mauthausen, where he entered on August 5, 1941, under No. 3602. After being transferred in October 1941 to Gusen, under No. 13993, he died on December 30, 1941.

Next week we will tell you the story of his daughter and wife, Pilar and Sender Cabratosa. Don’t miss it!

From so far to so close.

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