Milan prepares to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

A week of events in and around Milan.

Milan has organised a programme of events to lead up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January, the international memorial day commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust perpetrated during the Second World War.

Marking the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp by the Red Army on 27 January 1945, Remembrance Day is an especially moving occasion in cities like Milan, where the number of deportees and victims was particularly high.

Throughout this week, 26 new “stumblestones” – brass plates of cobblestone size engraved with names and dates – are being installed outside the victims’ home or workplace in 18 locations around the city They join the six already installed last year. Since this project was initiated by German artist Gunter Demnig in 1992, over 50,000 stumblestones have been installed in 22 European countries.

Lectures, exhibitions, video screenings and flash-mobs will take place throughout the week across the city – a detailed programme is on this page of the city hall website (in Italian).  Among the events, newly-nominated Milanese life senator and Auschwitz survivor, Liliana Segre, will tell students of her experience at the concentration camp. 

The itinerant exhibition “Binario 21”, named for the hidden underground platform at Milan’s main railway station where the deportees were forced into freight wagons, will be mounted at Linate and Malpensa airports to greet visitors to the city.

And a concert entitled “Destination: Unknown” in Milan Conservatory will mark the day itself, Saturday 27 January, when city authorities and members of Jewish and other associations will hear music by Mozart, Hindemith and Weber, starting at 20.00.  Entrance is free.