Milan commemorates the Holocaust

A week of events in Milan for International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

A timetable of events around the city, with the high point on Wednesday 27 January, will  commemorate the Holocaust, or Shoah, when Germany’s Nazis persecuted and killed millions of “undesirables”, most of them Jews.

On Wednesday at 09.00, city dignitaries will lay a wreath at the former Hotel Regina in Via Pellico, headquarters of the SS during the occupation of Milan. This will be followed at 11.00 by a meeting with Milan students in the Palazzo Reale to tell the story of the deportation of Jews from the city.

At 15.00 in the Casa della Memoria in Via Confalonieri 14, survivors of the Shoah and relatives of deportees will recount their experiences and screen a film on the Nazi crimes in Milan.

But the commemorations will start even before Remembrance Day.  All week long, entry will be free to the “Binario 21” memorial at Milan’s central railway station, which among other exhibits includes four of the freight cars used for deportation.  The memorial will this week also include an exhibition on “Seven years of Italian history – from the race laws to the Shoah”.

Given the expected surge of visitors, booking is recommended on the TicketOne site, which will charge only a €1.50 booking fee. The entrance is in Via Ferrante Aporti, alongside the station.

Among the other appointments, on Tuesday  26 January at 14.30 students from the Trotter school in Via Padova 69 will read their essays on their view of the Holocaust.

All week until Saturday, the Teatro della Cooperativa in Via Hermada 8 will present a show recounting the story of the S. Sabba rice-hulking facility in Trieste, used by the Nazis as a concentration camp, the only one in Italy.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations in 2005 to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp by Soviet troops in 1945.