Walter Benjamin route

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WALTER BENJAMIN ROUTE

The Walter Benjamin route was inaugurated in 2007, but from finals of the years 90 has claimed the figure of this referent of the culture and the filosofia of “the European” modernity of the 20th century, that died in Portbou , escaping of the nazi diet, way of the exile to U.S.

The route signposted, call also route Líster, has some 7 km and goes from Banyuls to Portbou by the mountain (by the Querroig), following the footpaths by where Benjamin crossed the border in 1940, in full Second World War.

During World War II, thousands of refugees crossed the Pyrenees, taking advantage of the many mountain crossings that connect France and Catalonia. The ways of the Alt Empordà were the busiest due to the ease of passage that arise. Once in Spain they were detained in prisons and concentration camps until they were finally allowed to proceed to its destination.

Among the hundreds of refugees arrivals to Empordà, several of those had special significance. The most notable case is that of the German Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), because of the importance of character and the tragic circumstances surrounding his stay. Benjamin had come from Banyuls-sur-Mer and died at the inn França, 26 September 1940, at the age of 48 years. Is attributed as the cause of his suicide the spanish government’s intention of returning him to France.

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