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Jesús Izcaray [1908–1980]

Date of Birth: 1 Jan 1908 Béjar.
Died: 1980 Madrid (age 73)

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1908–1918 Béjar.
Spends the first years of his life, being brought up by his aunt.
1916–1921 Madrid. Calle Fuencarral
Because his aunts move to Madrid to set uo a hostel, he goes with them.
1921–1928 Burgos
After his godmother's death, he goes to live with his aunt and uncle to Burgos, where he finishes his secondary education.
1929–1932 Madrid. Plaza San Francisco El Grande
Returns to Madrid, where he serves as a soldier.
Sep 1929–Aug 1931 Madrid
Works as journalist for El Imparcial. Takes part in the sections of provinces of Spain and Sports.
1931 Madrid
University degree.
1931–1935 Madrid
Attends the literary "tertulias" of the cafés Lion D'Or and La Granja.
Aug 1931–1933 Madrid
Works for the newspaper Heraldo de Madrid and writes the section about theatre for La Voz.
1933 Madrid
Joins the Socialist Party.
1933 Madrid
Affiliates the socialist trade union UGT.
1933–1935 Madrid
Works for the newspaper Luz, which was directed by Corpus Barga. He mainly conducts interviews to writers and also dies drama criticism.
1936 Madrid
Attends the socialist tertulia at Café Miami.
1936–1939 Madrid
War correspondant for Ahora, Estampa -as chief editor-, Mundo Obrero -as sub-director- and Frente Rojo.
Mar–Oct 1936 Madrid
Works for the newspaper Ahora, which was directed by Manuel Chaves Nogales.
1938 Madrid
Appointed Chief Editor of "Mundo Obrero".
9 Feb 1939 Port Bou
Crosses the border.
10 Feb 1939 Argelès-sur-Mer
Is put into a concentration camp.
14 Jun 1939 Veracruz/Mexico
Arrives in Mexico on board of the ship "Sinaia".
Dec 1939 Mexico D.F.
Joins the Communist Party
1940 Mexico D. F.
Appointed Chief Editor of "España Popular".
1940–1943 Mexico D. F.
Attends regularly the tertulia of "El Papagayo".
1941 Mexico D. F.
Continues writing for the journals of the Communist Party, Mundo Obrero and Nuestra Bandera.
1944–1946 Spain
Arrives illegaly to Spain where he spends two years as one of the leaders of the clandestine Communist Party.
1945 Valencia
Leads the clandestine Communist Party in Valencia.
1946 Veracruz/Mexico
Settles in Paris, where he takes over the direction of the newspaper Mundo Obrero.
1946 Paris
Takes part in the foundation of the book collection Ebro, which publishes Spanish novels.
Nov 1976 Madrid. Calle Ginzo de Limia
Definite return to Spain.
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