Rosales Camacho, Miguel

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Merchant, without university studies, first-born of a conservative family formed by seven other siblings: Esperanza (1906-1998), Antonio (1908-1958), Luis (1910-1998), José (1911-1978) Carlos (1912-1914), Gerardo (1915-1968) and María (1916-2005). Their father was Miguel Rosales Vallecillos, an industrialist who owned a family haberdashery, Almacenes La Esperanza, located in the Arco de las Cucharas, next to the Bib-Rambla Square; their mother was Esperanza Camacho Corona.

Miguel and his brother Antonio were upset by Lorca’s presence in their home. Specifically, Miguel was accused in a book by one of his nephews of being opposed to welcoming the poet.

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He was flag leader of the Falange of Granada in the tumultuous days of the beginning of the Civil War and is blamed for some “quite violent” actions. Before joining José Antonio’s party he was a monarchist sympathizer.

According to his testimony, on August 16, the day of Lorca’s arrest, he was in the San Jerónimo barracks, “rehearsing the handling of weapons to a group of volunteers”, when Ramón Ruiz Alonso arrived and told him: “I know that you have Federico García Lorca in your house and I have an arrest warrant to take him to the Civil Government. I didn’t want to go to your house without telling you and, therefore, come with me.”

When they arrived, Miguel Rosales recalls that “the whole building was surrounded by Assault and Militia guards. Ramón Ruiz Alonso was wearing overalls, and he had Falange insignia on him”. Miguel and his brother Antonio were upset by Lorca’s presence in their house. Specifically, Miguel was accused in a book by one of his nephews, the painter Gerardo Rosales, of being opposed to welcoming the poet. Other versions place this responsibility on his brother Antonio.

He died on November 21, 1976.

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