Milan kids to remember Shoah

Free activities for Day of Memory

Milan’s city hall has announced a series of free activities for kids to mark the UN Day of Memory on 27 January, the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp.

Next week will see a series of events to ensure that young people can be (or become) aware of the significance of the date, using language and activities chosen for the younger age-groups, all planned around Tuesday’s International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, or Shoah.

A workshop at the Sforza Castle on Saturday 24 January at 15.00 will explain the importance of rights and duties in a role-play on the rules to be respected if you want to play. Places are free, but must be booked as space is limited at the event suitable for 9 to 13 year-olds.

On Sunday at 17.30 in the Auditorium Ottavanota in Via Marco Bruto 24, 9 to 14 year-olds will be welcomed to a presentation of the famous diary of Dutch victim Anna Frank, told with videos, music and testimonials by survivors, covering the themes of war and discrimination, and the background to Anna’s diary. Here, too, booking is recommended. Also on Sunday, the Anteo spazio Cinema in Via Milazzo 9 will screen Brian Percival’s The Book Thief at 11.00 for kids of 8 and older. The film is about a young girl living with her adoptive German family during the Nazi era. Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins "borrowing" books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home. The same cinema will screen Corri, ragazzo, corri, a film by Pepe Danquart on the following Sunday, 31 January, at 15.30 for children of 10 and over. It tells the story of Srulik, an 8-year-old Jewish boy who flees from the Warsaw ghetto to live in the woods and survive with help from the peasants there.

Full details of the programme, including how to book places, are on this page of the city hall website.

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