Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the permanent exhibition on exile a few months ago opened Agullana. As the town is part of one of the essential places of memory related to the withdrawal of 1939 with emblematic areas like Mas Perxès as a place of passage of much of the political elite, social and cultural in our country, the village of Alt Emporda few kilometers from the port is more suitable to become a Branch of MUME (Exile Memorial Museum) with its epicenter in La Jonquera, and the success it has become an archipelago of other border areas of memory (especially with iconic sites such as maternity or Elna Beach Argelers and soon the Rivesaltes camp confinement).
The tour I was guided by Enric Pujol, curator, author of the project MUME museum and one of the people who know more deeply the Catalan exile after the civil war. The show concentrated in a small room, containing a valuable and well-ordered (which is all you can ask an exhibition), which is accompanied by three audiovisual reports on various aspects, which expresses the historical significance of the Exile (with its catastrophic impact for the country and for those affected), while the unknown history of the organization of exiles scattered around the world, as well as personal and professional significance of most of those affected.
One idea that is transmitted correctly in the room is an issue that detects anyone who has devoted several hours to investigate the phenomenon. The best of Catalan culture and society had to leave the country. Exile could be exterior and interior (and often both at the same time taking into account the public banishment of the returnees). In a Catalonia that had undergone a creative exuberance and cultural fascism with the flag’s current state, expelling, according to the motto engraved by Millán Astray intelligence. In this respect, the Spanish institutions Franco put in practice the same as did the German forces occupying Poland eradicate any person or core intellectual ability, artistic talent or to reduce the population to poverty morality.
When we look at the quality of work in all spheres (literary, scientific, musical, artistic) of exile and cultural contrast with the misery of inland Catalonia where any literary work in Catalan and Catalan themes had to being subject to the ban, censorship and secrecy, we believe the overall project Spanish: genocide identity. Hence the importance of understanding and knowing the size of the exile. That which deprives the majority of Catalans.
When visiting the exhibition, and reflects on its contents, we conclude that independence is the natural consequence of the existence of our country. Franco was unrelenting exile ended and the Transition to finish it. Since 1977 the regime is based on amnesia, also in Catalan exiles were still victims. However, they do not get to assess its size just good part of the written works and created the world, keeping in ignorance of a phenomenon historically transcendent. Four decades of relative normalcy and democratic institutions, has also led our country to create their own benchmarks. Referents increasingly distant and somewhat incompatible, in a state that still aspires to the same goals that Franco: reducing a nation and its culture in poverty. The best tribute we can make to that true lost generation, is to follow the path of independence.