The Epicentre visitor centre in Tremp has a small exhibition space where the role of the Lleida Pyrenees in the escape of hundreds of Jewish refugees from wartime France to the Iberian Peninsula is explained.
During World War II (1939-1944) thousands of people crossed the Pyrenees into Spain to escape the Nazi horrors or to join the Allied army in North Africa or England. The mountain passes became the silent witness of their odyssey for freedom. It is estimated that between 60 and 80 thousand refugees arrived in Spain during this period, defying the high peaks, the adverse weather conditions and the surveillance on both sides of the border. One of the routes that linked the French departments of Ariège and Haute-Garonne with Pallars Sobirà passed through the town of Sort and is known as “The Freedom Route”. This museum aims to disseminate what the evasions entailed and pay tribute to all those who took part in them.