Claudio’s tomb is in the cellar …

Behind a green wooden door, with the name of the last inhabitant of the house, Manuela Fernández Macías, written on the lintel for the postman will leave the cards, the winery appears. To the left an old cobwebbed, gossip magazines fifteen years scattered on the ground, a Roman balance with stone wall and gnawed on a mantel clock, stopped at three and a half ago sideboard in sight. In the background, in the darkest of stay and the wettest corner, it is the tomb of Claudius.

Sentenced to ten years in prison for participating in the revolution of 1934, amnestied by the Popular Front and fought in the Republican Army during the first year of the Civil War, Claudio Macías Fernandez had returned to his home Villalibre Jurisdiction (Priaranza) in the fall of 1937, like hundreds of other militants bercianos, when the front of Asturias collapsed and Franco’s troops entered Oviedo and Gijón. Single and little more than thirty years, Claudio possibly died of pneumonia, while hiding in his house reprisals had already cost the life of his brother Arsenio, 16, killed by not give him away and buried in the curve of the N-536 in Villalibre, five hundred meters from the village.

Claudio felt die and prepared his funeral. He asked his mother and his sisters that envelop your body in blankets, being placed into a wooden chest, and quietly buried in the same cellar of the house to spare the revenge of those who sought him.

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