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No poetic stance…life is hard for many, and a dooming nightmare for some. This work is done to illustrate the life and doom of two women, two real women, that were pioneers and and somehow “heroines”( Hildegart Rodriguez and her mother Aurora who became her executioner murderer) of that gigantic effort that the Spanish people (at least half of the population) did in the last century to overcome a despised monarchy and a get into the democratic world of the Republican Nations of Europe and the world. And the feminism in those years was a pushing power that was taking all women out of servilism and a secular machism and injustice.
I am inviting you to read this story, that left consternated many of the so well thinking courageous women of my country, for it is the Dark Side of the Soul…not of the Night…and that for my reason is the evidence of some noble and real good ideology and beligerance, poisoned by the almost sick heart of a real woman that succumbed to weakness and twisted feelings toward her…“piece of Art”.
Hope that you will find my composition,a symbolic depiction of such a hard story.
Any question about the origin of the pieces..again my tortured mannequins…will be answered with kindness. They impressed me so…all wrapped in plastic..so alone and distorted that I felt as a woman…injured in my noble flesh. And the kid…though a plastic essence , I can swear…is still hardly holding an efimerous tear…of rage and hummiliation.

(This dawn of “Freedom” was savagely broken, as you all know by a brutal General Franco’s “coup de main” and consequent civil war, followed by 40 years of dictatorship..and even now, there are “two Spain” reivindicating justice for the murdered and buried along the countryside dusty roads. And still…there are many that would love them to rest there without tears being drop over their tired bones)

Hildegart Rodríguez Carballeira
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Hildegart Rodríguez Carballeira (born December 9, 1914 in Madrid, died June 9, 1933 in Madrid) was an activist for socialism and sexual revolution, born and raised by her mother as a model for the woman of the future. She spoke 6 languages when eight years old, finished Law School at 17 and was a leader of the Socialist Party and afterwards of the Federal Party. By the time she became internationally known, her mother shot her to death.


Hildegart was conceived in Ferrol by Aurora Rodríguez Carballeira and an undisclosed biological father chosen by her mother with eugenesical intentions. When she was sure she was pregnant, she moved to Madrid, where Hildegart was born. Aurora set a clock to wake her up every hour so that she changed position and blood irrigated the foetus uniformly.

Her birth certificate and baptism act says: Hildegart Leocadia Georgina Hermenegilda Maria del Pilar Rodriguez Carballeira, but she only used her first name. In spite of Aurora’s atheism and opposition to birth registration, she baptised (late) the girl on 23 March and registered on 29 April. Her mother used to explain that Hildegart meant “Garden of Wisdom” in German, but there’s no basis to that, the name was either an invention or the misspelled German name Hildegard (Heroic virgin, who gives shelter in war).

According to later research by Rosa Cal, her father was a brilliant military chaplain, Alberto Payás.[citation needed]

In June 1928, at age 13½, Hildegart enrolled in the School of Law of the Complutense University of Madrid. She later gave lessons at its School of Philosophy during the Second Spanish Republic.
[edit] The Sex Revolution

Hildegart was one of the most active people in the Spanish movement for sex reformation. She was connected to the European vanguard, corresponding with Havelock Ellis, whom she translated, and Margaret Sanger. In the foundation of the Spanish League for the Sexual Reform, presided by Dr Gregorio Marañón, she was chosen secretary without opposition. She had correspondence with many other European personalities, accompanying Herbert George Wells in his visit to Madrid, but rejecting his offer to go to London as his secretary. This offer by Wells, who wanted her to develop fully out of the influence of her mother, furthered the persecution ideas of Aurora.
[edit] Death

There were several hypotheses about the cause of the murder. Hildegart may have fallen in love. She intended to separate from her mother who, out of paranoia, threatened suicide. Aurora’s explanation was that “the sculptor, after discovering a minimal imperfection in his work, destroys it”. She shot three shots in the head and one in the heart.

Rightists considered Aurora a murderer, while leftists considered her a mad woman. She was sentenced to 26 years, but was later transferred to a mental institution in Ciempozuelos, Madrid, where she died.


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