This week we saw a valuable documentary film and artistic setup on what may well be Milan’s most significant collective memory from World War II – the killing of 15 people from all ways of life at Piazzale Loreto on 10th August 1944.

 

The documentary movie, called "Partiti per Bergamo" seems to me an especially valuable example of how a documentary can help capture and make alive memories from a major local history milestone as the original witnesses grow old, then elaborate them in a message that both the owning generation and younger generations can agree upon and drive forward.

 

This is also a valuable example of multiple organizations joining forces to craft a multimedia study.

 

I believe these two features make this a reference in popular recent history research and communication, valuable for all organizations that work to capture and communicate recent local history based on eyewitnesses’ experiences and other primary sources.

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