80th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War
Until 22 May, Neumünster Abbey will be hosting a series of events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War. With an interdisciplinary project entitled '¡No pasarán!', Neumünster Abbey and the association Amis des Brigades Internationales - Luxembourg (ABI-L) take a look at present-day Spain and the crises facing Europe today from the viewpoint of the rise of authoritarian tendencies in a number of States.
The exhibitions entitled 'La maternité d’Elne' (the maternity hospital in Elne) and 'D’Spueniekämpfer' (fighters in Spain) will be open until 22 May 2016. The programme also includes a reading and meeting with writer Lydie Salvayre, winner of the Prix Goncourt book prize in 2014, and a number of talks and debates.
During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), 102 Luxembourg nationals fought in the ranks of the Socialist International Brigades. Those who came back were hounded by the Nazi occupying forces during the Second World War (1940-1944).
Luxembourg and the Greater Region
The Greater Region has always been a transit area for peoples and armies, and a divided and disputed area, but also a place of cross-border dialogue and understanding - everything has left its mark on the landscape. You will be able to see these marks at the exhibition at Neumünster Abbey entitled 'Cartes et itinéraires européens' (European maps and routes), which brings together geographical maps, plans and iconographies of the Region created during a period stretching from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Pilgrims, merchants, artists, travellers, soldiers, architects and migrants - the Greater Region has known and seen them all pass through. They have all left their mark, visible in the Grand Duchy's landscape in the form of roads and agglomerations, industrial production sites and fortifications, all of which now form an integral part of our cultural diversity. And these marks have not gone unnoticed: over the centuries, cartographers and illustrators have noticed them, and have created the documents which today provide us with access to the landscapes of days gone by.
Come and find out more about the history of the Grand Duchy and the Greater Region from the geographical maps, plans and iconographies on display in the cloister of Neumünster Abbey until 8 May 2016. The exhibition is open every day (including 1 May), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. No charge for admittance.
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal 'www.luxembourg.lu' / Source: press release from Neumünster Abbey)