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Exhibition "Between Spain and Russia. Recapturing the story of the Infants of war"

From Setember, 9 at november, 5, 2017

Opening, Sathurday, Setember, 9, 2017 at10.30pm.

 


Between 1936 and 1939, Spain suffered the effects of a cruel fratricidal war that ended thousands of childhoods. Spanish children suffered, as did adults, the consequences of the conflict and were direct victims of hostilities. They had to cope with food shortages, unsanitary conditions and numerous diseases. They saw violence and vengeance take over the streets, which went from being spaces of play and recreation to dangerous and forbidden places. The sirens and the shelters became their day to day due to the constant bombings that devastated the country. They stopped going to school. Many had no choice but to leave. Convinced that only in this way could they survive, their parents decided that they should be part of one of the numerous evacuation campaigns organized by the Government of the Republic. The evacuations of children abroad were thus the first exile of the Spanish people derived from the Civil War.


Of all the countries that welcomed the Spanish minors, the Soviet Union was, undoubtedly, the one who generated the greatest praise and criticism of the moment, which most ignited the consciences and shook the hearts. The 2,895 children who landed at the ports of Yalta and Leningrad between 21 March 1937 and the end of October 1938 aroused as much interest then as they wake him now, 80 years after their departure.


This exhibition, result of the Project Between Spain and Russia. Recovering the history of the Children of War, subsidized by the Ministry of the Presidency of the Government of Spain, seeks to rebuild the lives of those children who had to abandon everything because of the war. But it is not a question of recovering his history from the official documents or the journalistic chronicles of the time, but of rewriting it by giving priority to his own words, to his oral and written testimonies (drawings, essays, letters, memoirs, journals, autobiographies , etc.).


Since its inauguration in Alcalá de Henares (Pablo Iglesias Foundation and Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Alcalá) on October 16, 2012, the exhibition has toured different cities of Spanish geography such as Salamanca (Faculty of Geography and History of University of Salamanca); Murcia (Museum of the University of Murcia); Segovia (Sala Ex.presa 2-The Prison / Center of Creation of Segovia of the City council of Segovia); Madrid (Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the Autonomous University of Madrid); Santander (Paraninfo of the University of Cantabria); Coria del Río-La Puebla del Río, Seville (Museum of Autonomy of Andalusia); Oliva, Valencia (Museo Etnológico de Oliva); And Las Palmas (House of Columbus, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). At the moment it is realizing a route by the south of France where it is being hosted by different symbolic places of the Spanish exile, such as Argelès-sur-Mer (Association Fils et Filles de Républicains Espagnols et Enfants de l'Exode); Perpignan (Center Espagnol des Pyrénées-Orientales de Perpignan); And Elne (Maternité Suisse d'Elne); Finishing now this tour in the Memorial Museum of l'Exili (MUME) of La Jonquera, Girona, Spain. Thanks to this, and to the opportunities that the future will bring, the main purpose of it can be fulfilled: to make known this historical phenomenon and, at the same time, to pay a sincere and deserved homage to its protagonists.


More information of this exhibition at the webite of Fundación Pablo Iglesias.