Je vous offre las oiseaux / I offer you the birds

Art, Barcelona

Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

The inauguration date of this exhibition matches with the celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the liberation day of this concentration camp, which was liberated by the Soviet Union troops on January 27, 1945. This year the anniversary motto is “Time” being represented by a clock found during an archaeological work of excavation in 1967 and that was stored along with other 16,000 objects that belonged to the multiple prisoners of Auschwitz.

It is estimated that 1.1 million people were executed in this concentration camp, some of them shot, beaten and subjected into the nazi’s gas chambers, experiences of extreme violence that left traces in the 7,000 prisoners who were still alive when the soviet troops arrived to liberated them.

Distortion of reality

This exhibition organized by the Ajuntament de Barcelona and the Direcció General de la Memòria Democràtica wants to demonstrate how the signs of extreme violence distorted the way in which the prisoners perceived reality, since many of the survivors of Auschwitz claim to have never heard during their time as prisioners any songs of any birds although in 1940 the ornithologist Günther Niethammer obtained the license to study the birds of the zone that was an extensive forest of birches, and managed to catalog a total of 127 birds.

In the visual experience offered to the public by this exhibition, visitors will be able to symbolically restore and hear the singing of the birds around the forest that surrounded Auschwitz, which the survivors of the concentration camp still claim they never heard during the days they were captive.

From our hotel in Paseo de Gracia we invite you to visit this important exhibition that commemorates an unforgettable time of European historical memory.