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The World

Luis Quintanilla was Born Into

 

 

1904   Father and Son
May 8, 1904 - Going on 14 years of age.   Father and Son

 

 

 

 

Santander   Santander
Santander   Santander

 

 

 

 

Pepe Quintanilla   Cristina Quintanilla

My Uncle Pepe in 1907

Pepe may be the most notorious member of my family, not excepting my father. Carlos Baker referred to him, in his biography of Hemingway, as the "thin lipped executioner of Madrid." His job at the beginning of the civil war was to round up Fifth Columnists and to shoot them. Pepe offered the basis for the character of Antonio in Hemingway's The Fifth Column, because, as Baker said, Hemingway wanted to imagine what it would be like to go out with Pepe and to shoot traitors.* Pepe was a Communist. And though my father had no use for the Communists the two brothers enjoyed a warm relationship. After the war Pepe and his family disappeared, without a trace, in South America.

*In view of his recent soaring notoriety, I should point out that the Republican government’s differences with the Fifth Columnists was not merely ideological. These pro fascist Spaniards were committing acts of sabotage and murdering Loyalists on the streets of Madrid.

 

My Aunt Cristina

For many years she was a Carmelite nun in a convent located on the Boulevard de Clichy in Paris. And the mission of this convent near the Moulin Rouge was to assist the poor and to save the neighborhood prostitutes. One of the prostitutes Cristina helped save became a world famous movie star. Aunt Cristina was extremely conservative. During the war, when a friend of my father's visited her at the convent on his behalf, Cristina turned at the door, immediately came back with a Bible, and asked: "Are you a friend of Jesus Christ's? Or of the Devil and my brother?" In old age, my father and aunt had a reconciliation.

 

 

 

 

Luis Quintanilla
Portrait of the young artist while he still had his hair.

 

 

 


 

 

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