The Associazione Casa della Memoria (House of Remembrance Association) of Servigliano, Italy, is now on Facebook.
While the focus of the “Survivors of Camp 59” site is on World War II, the camp has a longer history.
According to the Casa della Memoria website, the association’s broader remembrance of the past is defined in this way:
“These events left their mark on the history not just of the small community of Servigliano, but also of the many villages that overlook the Tenna Valley.
“Recovering the memory of all these events involving the Prison Camp is a duty we have to the people who lived through those difficult times, but also to the new generations. The events can be divided into three moments, in relation to the three great dramas of the 20th century:
the First World War;
the Second World War;
the Cold War.
“Each of these moments can be seen as a ‘crisis of values’ in our society, the enslavement of human intelligence and of resources to ideologies that claimed to be absolute, leading to an apocalyptic climax of destruction and death:
the use of the Camp during the First World War was due to nationalism;
the use of the Camp during the Second World War was due to Nazi-Fascism;
the use of the Camp during the Cold War was due to totalitarian socialism.
“Among the various Prison Camps scattered around Italy, the one in Servigliano permits a possibly unique reconstruction of twentieth-century history and its twisted ideologies.”