Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Charles Lahiguera
Q: Well, let's talk a bit about the family, your father's background, a family in Spain.
LAHIGUERA: Well, my grandfather, whom I never knew (he died when my father was very young) was in the north of Spain. He married my grandmother in Navarre. He was managing an anise liqueur business which went belly up and he ended up teaching physics in Madrid.
Q: How did your father get, did he tell you how he got into the diplomatic trade?
LAHIGUERA: I don't know the details.
Q: But, you were obviously in the United States and was he in the embassy in the United States?
LAHIGUERA: Yes, he was the number two there.
Q: And your mother?
LAHIGUERA: She had been born in Germany. She came over when she was around 16. Her father was a grammar school principal. My father had been assigned to Vera Cruz at the Spanish consul and they were actually married in Mexico. He was then assigned to Washington and concurrently worked in the consul general in New York. She was an American at the time.
Q: So, when the United States recognized the Franco regime?
LAHIGUERA: He was out of a job.
Q: Out of a job.
LAHIGUERA: Unfortunately, I should say before we get too far down this road, that my family split at that time and I didn't spend a great deal of time with my father.
Q: Where were you brought up?