Holocaust memorial to reopen to public

The Holocaust memorial called “Binario 21” in Milan’s central station will reopen to the public on 26 and 27 January, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Practically the only place left standing in Europe connected with the deportation of Jews from their homeland to the Nazi concentration camps during the second world war, the infamous track 21 in Milan was the scene of daily departures in the period 1943 to 1945.  Thousands of Jews, but also of antifascists and intellectuals were forced into freight vans and shipped off to Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, or Mauthausen camps, or the collection points in Italy at Fossoli and Bolzano.
After being abandoned for decades, track 21 was inaugurated as a holocaust memorial on the Day of Memory one year ago.  On that occasion, although some 3,000 visitors managed to enter the memorial, a similar number remained in the cold weather outside, despite a long wait.  For this reason, entrance this year will initially be for two days – 26 and 27 January – and will be repeated on the first and third Sunday of every month, and from February also on the last Sunday of every month. To ensure that nobody has to wait in vain, admittance is from now on by ticket only (free except for the €1.50 administrative fee), in groups of 80 at a time, with optional tour guides. At the reopening next weekend, visitors will be met by exceptional guides such as Ferruccio De Bortoli, Lella Costa, Gioele Dix, Gad Lerner and Natalia Aspesi.
One section of the memorial remains to be completed: the 45,000-volume library, which the memorial foundation hopes to finish within another 10 months of work.
Tickets can be booked online at TicketOne.  The memorial is at street level (not at the raised level of today’s tracks), accessed from Via Ferrante Aporti.

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