The “Platform of Memory” inaugurated at Tiburtina Station to remember the victims of the Shoah

The “Platform of Memory” inaugurated at Tiburtina Station to remember the victims of the Shoah

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Inaugurated on “Memory Track” in Tiburtina, with the positioning on the platform of platform 1 of a multimedia totem in memory of the over one thousand women, men and children of the Jewish religion who on 18 October 1943 from the goods yard of that station they were deported from Rome to the Birkenau camp. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiulianothe senator Esther Mielithe president of the Lazio Region Francesco Roccathe mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtierithe president of the Jewish Community of Rome Victor Fadlunthe president of the Shoah Museum Foundation Mario Venezia and the CEO of the FS Group Luigi Ferraris.

A “Memory Track”

The images of a video flow on the totem, also created with the contribution ofLuce-Cinecittà Institutewith the testimony of some of the only 16 Roman Jews survived to deportation: 15 men, one woman, no children. «The presence of memory totems in the stations, which are crossroads of cultures and places of meeting and discussion – recalled the CEO of FS, Luigi Ferrarisrepresents a warning not to give in to indifference and an invitation to reflection to combat all forms of violence and discrimination. A message to also speak to young people and so that the stations always remain symbols of life and welcome, not of atrocities.” «The totem will be a bookmark of memory – remarked the president of the Jewish Community of Rome Victor Fadlun – and restores the soul to a place that was the scene of the Roman Shoah. It will help us not lose the sense of evil and its constant threat, because memory is an immense task».

Not to forget the Shoah

For the occasion the senator Esther Mieli also recalled the figure of Michele Bolgia, a hero railway worker who knocked over wagons to make prisoners escape and who ended up captured and murdered in the Fosse Ardeatine. The “Binario della Memoria” project, promoted by the Ministry of Culture, the FS Group, the Jewish Community and the Shoah Museum Foundation, began last year with the positioning – in the presence of the senator Liliana Segre – of a first information totem at Platform 21 of Milan Central Stationfrom which between 1943 and 1944 thousands of Jews and political opponents were deported by the Nazi-fascists to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Mauthausen and other extermination, concentration or collection camps such as Fossoli and Bolzano.

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