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The City Council manages to identify a Lorca victim of the Nazi concentration camp in Neuengamme whose family he is trying to locate (07/11/2018)

The investigation has been initiated following the list provided by the International Tracing Service (ITS).

This is Andrés Gálvez Belmonte, born on August 17, 1913 in La Torrecilla, whose family emigrated to France before 1920.

The Consistory has sent to the Spanish consulate in Lyon the documentation and information that has been found by the officials of the municipal archive in order to locate their descendants, who will be given their belongings.

The Deputy Speaker of the Municipality of Lorca, Fátima Mínguez, reported that the Municipal Council has identified, thanks to the research developed by the municipal technicians, one of the people to whom the International Tracing Service (ITS, International Tracing Service) was trying to locate to deliver to his descendants personal belongings recovered from the Neuengamme concentration camp (Hamburg).

Mínguez Silvente explained that after learning that the ITS had been informed that a person apparently from Lorca was within the list of individuals that were trying to identify correctly, the City began its own tracking between the documentation kept in the municipal file to determine if the subject in question was definitely included in the custody files.

It started with a name, André Galvez, and a hypothetical date of birth, August 17, 1913, based on what was transferred from the ITS.

The Municipal Spokesperson has indicated that the municipal officials of the Archive have been able to confirm in a reliable way that it is Andrés Gálvez Belmonte, who was born in our municipality on the date indicated.

Stable, therefore, in everything with the prisoner of the Neuengamme concentration camp in Hamburg, which is trying to locate a relative to deliver their belongings.

He was a native of Lorca, specifically from the deputation of Torrecilla, and his parents were called Fernando Gálvez and Eulogia Belmonte.

In the 1934 call-up list, he was classified as a fugitive because he and nobody else had appeared on his behalf.

That indicates, in general, that the family had left the country in a forced migration in search of work.

Mínguez Silvente has reported that in Torrecilla, in the 1920 census, no family nucleus with the surnames Gálvez-Belmonte appears, so it is necessary to suppose that the parents lived in that deputation in the year 1913, when Andrés was born, but that they would emigrate before 1920 as many other families of the Lorca camp did at that time.

The most likely destination would be France, as indicated by the adaptation of the name of Andres by André, a country quite common at that time for Lorca.

To know if there is still a family living in Lorca on the part of the father or the mother is quite difficult, because in the own deputation of Torrecilla no last name indicates degrees of kinship with the parents, and it is not easy to guess which deputations such relations could be found family, since the surnames Gálvez and Belmonte are frequent in Lorca.

The Municipal Spokesperson explained that a track about possible relatives of Andrés Gálvez Belmonte has been found by these officials through the ancestry.com website.

When introducing the unusual name of the grandmother, a family line appears linked to the sister of Andrés, María de la Encarnación, who married Benigno Martín in the French city of Lyon, and with him he had, apparently, 7 children, although only 2 already deceased are mentioned.

The children of María Encarnación, of living, would be nephews of Andrés Gálvez and his closest relatives.

It is possible that the marriage of Fernando and Eulogia had more children, but this extreme is unknown.

Fátima Mínguez said that once confirmed this information, this morning the City Council has contacted the Spanish consulate in Lyon to send information and data that have been corroborated, with the goal that the descendants of Andrés Gálvez receive the belongings conserved by the ITS.

It is, in particular, a ring type "stamp", with the inscription of the initial letters in capital letters of his name and first surname "A and G".

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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