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Giorno della Memoria 2021: Looking back at Twenty Years of Activity



Giorno della Memoria 2021: Looking back at Twenty Years of Activity

January 27, 2021 marks twenty years since the first commemoration of Giorno della Memoria (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in Italy. Due to the current situation, we will not be able to gather, and in lieu of the traditional reading of the names of the Italian victims of the Holocaust, the Consulate General of Italy and the Primo Levi Center, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò-NYU, and the Calandra Institute present an online event with greetings, remarks, short films and excerpts from past ceremonies.

Available on the YouTube channel of the Consulate General of Italy.


Video Message from the Ambassador of Italy to the Unites States, His Excellency Armando Varricchio

Introduction by the Consul General of Italy in New York, Francesco Genuardi

Greetings from the the Commissioner Penny Abeywardena, New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs and Daniel Nigro, FDNY Fire Commissioner

Video Messages from the EU Consuls Generals in New York


Short film:
Eight letters from Fossoli (From: Gemma Vitale Servadio, I am Counting on You, on Everyone… Eight Letters from Fossoli, CPL Editions 2014, Awen Films)

Andrea Fiano reads from the memoir of the deportation of his father, Nedo Fiano (1925-2020).


  • Consulate General of Italy

Film montage of the past ceremonies of the reading of the names, with the participation of the Consular Representatives of many European Nation, NYC City Officials and the spontaneous participation of regular Newyorkers.

  • Italian Cultural Institute

“Internee n.6” by Maria Eisenstein, 1944. A staged reading, with Katarina Vizina

“Exile and Creativity” Carlo Ginzburg in conversation with Saul Friedlander

  • NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò

Stefano Albertini in conversation with Natalia Indrimi


Selection of clips from past programs:

Paolo Benvenuti, Confortorio (1992)

Catherine Campbell, Jeffrey Bonna, Oro Macht Frei, (2013)

Valerio Ciriaci and Isaak J. Liptzin, Americordo (2014)

Duilio Colletti, (Lewis Gittler, Carlo Levi, Alessandro Fersen), The Earth Cries Out (1948)

The Liberation of the Concentration Camp of Ferramonti, British Army footage (1943)

Marco Bertozzi, Noa Steimatsky, The Refugees of Cinecittà (2012)

Ruggero Gabbai, The Longest Journey (2013)

Valerio Ciriaci, Isaak J. Liptzin, If Only I Were That Warrior (2015)

Primo Levi, Massimo Scaglione, Sleeping Beauty in the Fridge (1959)

Peter Stastny, Redemption Blues (2019)


  • Calandra Italian American Studies Institute at CUNY

Honoring War Criminals (2012) Panel discussion on the monument to Rodolfo Graziani and the memory of the massacres in Ethiopia. With Lidia Santarelli, Girma Abebe, Yemane Demissie, Andrea Fiano.

  • Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University

Misinformation, Media Manipulation and Antisemitism

Costanza Sciubba Caniglia and Irene V. Pasquetto, from the new Misinformation Review at the Harvard Kennedy School report on how the extreme-right and racist Italian organization Casa Pound lost its Facebook access only to regain it in court.

Multilanguage Reading from Primo Levi’s If This Is a Man

Clips from the complete reading of Primo Levi’s If This Is a Man, New York Public Library, Italian Cultural Institute, Centro Primo Levi (2019)

Short film: 16 ottobre 1943 by Marina Piperno, text by Giacomo Debenedetti


Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Time: From 9:00 am To 1:00 pm

Entrance : Free


Online Event