On the occasion of the Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022, the Italian Cultural Institute of London organizes an online conference on the camp of Fossoli, in the province of Modena.
The camp was established in 1942 by the Royal Italian Army as a camp for prisoners of war, later becoming a Nazi-Fascist concentration and transit camp for political opponents, Jews and forced labourers. The Fondazione Fossoli, created in Carpi in 1996, manages this legacy with the purpose of preserving and transmitting its historical memory.
The conference will be introduced by Philip Mears, head of Museums and Heritage Sites at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. It will be followed by the presentation of the book The Heritage of a Transit Camp Fossoli: History, Memory Aesthetics (Peter Lang, 2021) by the curators Matteo Cassani Simonetti, Roberta Mira, Daniele Salerno togheter with Marzia Luppi, Director of Fondazione Fossoli.
Matteo Cassani Simonetti is Senior Assistant Professor of History of Architecture at the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna.
Roberta Mira is currently Adjunct Professor of History of Conflicts at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
Daniele Salerno is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the University of Utrecht, in collaboration with the University of Buenos Aires, and associate member of the ERC research group «Remembering Hope: The Cultural Memory of Protest in Europe» (REACT).
Marzia Luppi has published various articles on local history and place memory. She is a member of the Association Amis de Charlotte Delbo and in the Scientific Committee of the Master in Public History of the University Modena and Reggio.
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