Ecco Le Marche

“Who has just thrown paper and newspapers on the floor here?” Asked fellow blogger Isabelle as she strolled through the cozy coastal town of Pesaro on the occasion of the Rossini year 3 years ago.

That’s the reason why: a few steps ahead she saw papers and bags scattered on the street.

The outrage gave way to astonishment, because the paper remained lying, even when people walked over it.

Curiously, she approached the pile of paper. It turned out to be petrified newspapers, posters and forms walled in the pavement: a newspaper from 1938, published on the day of the Italian Racial Legislation, documents on the drafting of Jews into labor camps and what they were allowed to take with them, requests to the communities, the correct one Report number of Jewish residents …

A little further on, the familiar face of Anne Frank, including fragments from her diary. Her murder in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after years of hiding in an attic in a rear building in Amsterdam is symbolic of the terrible persecution and destruction of many families and millions of victims by the Nazis.

Anne Frank’s family came from Frankfurt and lived for a few years in Aachen before they fled to Amsterdam from the increasingly more concrete threat of the Nazis, where they lived until they were discovered, abducted and murdered (in 1944 in Bergen-Belsen) to hide. But what did that have to do with Pesaro?

Another petrified leaf on the ground provides the explanation: In 2008, exactly 70 years after the race laws were published in Italy, the Mengaroni art school in Pesaro decided to create a memorial with its students and named the project “Fogli Fossili” or “Fossil Sheets”.

In 2007/2008 the group of artists received the national prize “I GIOVANI RICORDANO LA SHOAH” (Young people remember the Shoah) and the work of art was included in the Italian memorial stone project that commemorates the victims of World War II. Here is the website:

A good contribution to the “Giorno della Memoria” (The Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust), which was first introduced by the United Nations on January 27, 2005: It commemorates January 27, 1945, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Russian army. Italy had already declared this day a memorial day in 2000: since then, a wide variety of activities have been organized across the country, especially in schools, so that such a terrible crime against humanity is never forgotten.

It is also no coincidence that this monument was erected on the corner of Piazza del Popolo and Via Rossini, as more than 500 Jews lived here at the end of the 18th century. There was a Jewish ghetto as early as the 17th century.

The only Jewish building that has stood the test of time is the synagogue on Via delle Scuole 23, dating from the 16th century and with renovations in the 18th and 19th centuries. From October to May you can visit it every 3rd Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the summer months from June to September from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Other viewing days are also possible on request (0039-0721 387541)

So don’t forget to look at the ground the next time you visit Pesaro!


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