Milan remembers Nazi occupation, Shoah

A series of initiatives to keep memory alive.

Milan city hall will launch a programme of initiatives on Thursday 19 January to recall the occupation by German forces during world war II.

At 12.00 outside Corso Magenta 55, mayor Beppe Sala will install the first of a series of “stolpersteins” (stumble-stones), the brass-plated cobblestones marking the homes of victims of the Nazi oppression. This monument will indicate the home of Alberto Segre, arrested and sent to his death in Auschwitz death camp.

Another five stolpersteins will be installed during the afternoon, commemorating Gianluigi Banfi (in Via dei Chiostri 2), Adele Basevi Lombroso (Via Vespri Siciliani, 71), Dante Coen (Via Plinio, 20), Melchiorre De Giuli (Via Milazzo, 4) and Giuseppe Lenzi (Via Spontini, 8).

The stolperstein project was initiated by German artist Gunter Demnig in Cologne 1992, marking the last place of residency or work, or the place of death, of victims of the Nazi oppression. Well over 50,000 have since been laid in 18 European countries.

Thursday’s event is part of an ongoing project by city hall called “Milano è memoria”, which also celebrates the city’s anti-Nazi and anti-fascist opposition to the occupiers, recognised after the end of hostilities by the award of a gold medal for resistance.

A rich programme of events in Milan will also mark run-up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January, marking the date in 1945 when the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops. Details of the planned commemorations are provided on the Milano è memoria website.