Accepted Paper:

The cultural construction of the remembrance of the nazi-fascist massacre in a little community called Sant'Anna di Stazzema  
Caterina Di Pasquale (University of Florence)

Paper long abstract:

This paper is the product of an ethnographic research in a little community called Sant'Anna di Stazzema, victim of the first total massacre perpetrated by Hitler's men in the summer of 1944. The national community forgot the victims and the survivors for fifty years. The situation changed when the results of the investigations conducted about the war crimes by the Nazi-fascist soldiers in Italy was found in 1994. Many things have obviously changed from the finding of the documents to the present's day: the victim's families and the survivors know the truth and have seen their killers put on trial after sixty years; but not only, in fact they are also celebrated every year by the national community through different ways of social communication as for example documentaries, pictures and show. The focus of this communication will be about the patterns of the massacre's remembrances and their cultural meaning.

Panel W067
Memory of crises and traumas: evocations, representations, reclamations in social communication, and cultural creativity