Antonio Rivera Ramírez

(1916–1936)

Antonio Rivera Ramírez

Anecdote...

Antonio took refuge with other Nationalists in the Alcázar in the summer of 1936 at the start of the famous siege during the Spanish Civil War. As a pacifist, the youth refused at first to help defend the ancient stronghold, and was put on latrine duty.

When the situation of the besieged became more desperate, he decided that it would not be inconsistent with his principles to aid in the defense, provided that he did not kill in hatred. He was assigned the position of loader to a heavy machine gun. It was said that he would give the signal to fire with the words: “Tirad — pero sin odio” (Fire — but without hatred).

Biographical Note: 

Antonio Rivera Ramírez was a Spanish Nationalist hero, known as “the Angel of the Alcázar.”

More Information: 

this article (in Spanish) about José Antonio interesting.
Find out more about the Spanish Civil War.