La Seu, concentration camp
The Civil War in Lleida left images of shock and memories that are hardly easy to erase, especially after the bombardment of the city on 2 November 1937. There were no military targets to beat, but the bombs were directed against the civilian population. Many women and children waiting at the entrance of a market, in addition to about fifty children and some school teachers, were among the victims. Five months later, in late March 1938, Lleida was bombed once again. On 3 April of that year, Franco's soldiers victoriously entered the city.
At the end of April 1938, the Seu Vella, which was still functioning as a military barracks, was also used as a concentration camp and classification of prisoners waiting to be evacuated to Franco's rearguard. This was the case of Domingo Mora Orozco, who entered on 12 February 1939 and left four months and one day later. Born in 1916 in Altea (Alicante), Domingo shared his hunger and abuse with ten comrades who were also from the same town. This camp and prison located in the "Main Castle" ceased to function as such in August 1940, as stated in the documentation in the Ávila Military General Archive.