Auschwitz in Madrid until October 7

By | 13 July, 2018 | 0 comments

There are some horrors in our recent history which are simply inexplicable and raise the question of how mankind can be so despicable, cruel, evil and crazy, and how craziness and terrible ideas invaded the feelings of many people. One of those historical chapters was the Second World War and its concentration camps, where the Nazis tortured and murdered millions of Jews.

It is horrific to try and come to terms with the fact that it has not even been 80 years since all those barbaric acts were carried out and, somehow, in order for this not to be forgotten and for mankind not make the same mistakes again (because we are the only animal which trips not once, not twice but three times over the same stone), this sad moment in history has been the backstory for many movies and novels.

Schindler’s List, Life is Beautiful, The Great Escape and books such as The Diary of Anne Frank or The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas are examples of narratives which remind us not to make the same mistakes again and to learn from them.

In Madrid, there is currently an exhibition on Auschwitz which shows a recreation of this concentration camp where 1.1 million people were tortured and murdered. The exhibition’s inauguration was back in December 2017 and its closing date was planned for June 16, 2018, although it has now been extended to October 7, 2018 in order to continue to reach and make an impression on its visitors through its over 600 items exhibited throughout close to 27,000 ft2 of space so that they can learn about the horrors.

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away is the name of the exhibition held at Centro de Exposiciones Arte Canal in Madrid, organised by Musealia and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. It has averaged 1,750 visitors per day and it will continue to welcome more until October 7, because this happened not long ago and not far away, and we hope that it never happens again.

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