Milan marks Holocaust memorial day

The inauguration of the Shoah memorial on the morning of Sunday 27 will be the climax of events marking the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the Red Army arrived at the gates of Auschwitz death-camp.

The memorial on track 21 of Milan’s central station marks the infamous point where thousands of Milanese Jews were rounded up to board trains heading for the concentration camps.  The fully restored memorial will be unveiled in the presence of dignitaries from Milan and its province.

The ceremony will crown a week of films, plays and meetings with camp survivors, dedicated to schools to keep the memory of those dark days alive in the younger generation.

On Saturday afternoon, city dignitaries and representatives of camp survivor organisations will lay wreaths at the memorial to the deported in Parco Nord.

An exhibition entitled “The forgotten thread – 1943-45, the dark years of San Vittore” will be open in Wing IV of San Vittore jail, where many Jews were interned prior to deportation, until Sunday.  And on Wednesday 30 January, concentration-camp survivor Liliana Segre will tell her story at track 21, where she was put on board the train for Auschwitz on the same date in 1944 after a failed attempt to flee to Switzerland.

On 4 March, Milan city hall has organised a seminar open to teachers on the interdisciplinary and most appropriate ways to teach schoolchildren of different ages about the horrors of the holocaust.

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