Title: Death of [Antonio] Machado evoked by Gastón Prats
Duration: 21 min., 25 seg.
Sound collection: Radio Paris. Ramírez/del Campo
Summaries: Entrevista a Gastón Prats, teniente interprete en los campos de concentración del Rosellón, Argelés y Saint Cyprien, sobre Antonio Machado
Antonio Machado crossed the border in January 1939, along with thousands of refugees that escaped from the advance of Franco's troops. He was catched in Collioure, with her mother, brother and sister. Sick, exhausted and defeated, he died a few days later, on 22 February. The recording registers an interview of Gaston Prats, which took place shortly after the act of tribute to Antonio Machado in Collioure in 1975, one of the most emblematic places, celebrated still in life of the dictator. Gaston Prats was one of the personalities who helped the Machado family since they arrived in Collioure as exiles, and especially during the funeral of Antonio Machado, a short time later. He was himself a personal friend of Julián Antonio Ramírez and Adelita del Campo, and a great support for them during the stay of the marriage in the French camps for Spanish refugees. Julian Antonio Ramírez remembers all in his memoirs:
"(...) The news of the death of Antonio Machado in the neighboring town of Collioure did not seemed to cause special commotion outside the more or less reduced groups of intellectuals, in which he felt like another great misfortune, in the chaotic atmosphere of confusion. It comes to collation, because the sad news came to us thanks to a lieutenant of French army, official interpreter of those fields. Gaston Prats, a member of a well-to-do family of wine growers from the Roussillon, was a pro Hispanist who had just spent seven years in Spain as an fellow at the Casa Velázquez in Madrid. He had made the mythical journey of the Alcarria and was a great admirer of Federico García Lorca, above all. He was the providential man so that we could carry out our cultural activities. And thanks to his help, likewise, Adelita was able to stay there. Gaston Prats was one of those who mainly took care of the Machado family when they had to get off the train in Collioure and settle in the Hotel Quintana, he accompanied them in the days of the death of poet and of Mrs Ana, his mother. He told me how he had prepared the tricolor flag that wrapped coffin, he obtained permission to be officers of the Republican Army, -that, sanctioned, they were imprisoned in the castle of the picturesque little port-, who carried him on his shoulders to the cemetery. A few days later, Gastón received his brother, Manuel Machado, arrived from Franco's Spain with a special permit of short duration (...)" (Ici Paris, 168-169).
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