Memory of a place: March 1944, arrests and deportation

Lunedì 6 marzo ore 18.00

Monday, March 6 – 6pm

Introduction by Camilla Brunelli and Moreno Cipriani
Theatrical lecture of concentration camps witnesses, curated by Teatro D’Almaviva
In collaboration with Museum of Deportation in Prato – Regione Toscana – ANED Toscana (National Association of ex-deportees into the Nazi camps) – ISRT (Historical Institute of Resistance in Tuscany)

After the general strike occurred during the early days of March in 1944, which was announced by the National Liberation Committee in North and Central Italy, a huge amount of people, men and women, were arrested by the Italian Social Republic in Florence and its provinces (especially in Prato and Empoli areas), captured in the Ex-Scuole Leopoldine building, registered and questioned by the Nazi-Fascists. Women were released, while 338 men were led to the train station, and moved to the Nazi concentration camp in Mauthausen or others on the 8th of March in 1944. 64 of them survived, only the 19%.

The aim of this initiative is to introduce the interested audience to a “memory place” in Florence which is not well-known, as it has counted so far on a small plaque on a wall within the loggia. A plaque that honors the victims without explaining this place or mentioning what occurred inside. Local history books don’t include much about this topic, while there is a lot in the memorial and corpus of interviews led by Andrea Devoto in the end of the 80s in collaboration with ANED. Interviews that will be used by actors of TeatroD’Almaviva for their lecture.

Free entrance while seats last. The ticket does not include access to the museum.

Booking is recommended: