Memory and Massacre: Revisiting Sant'Anna di Stazzema

Hardcover | February 15, 2012

byPaolo PezzinoTranslated byNoor Giovanni Mazhar

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This book recounts the massacre at Sant'Anna di Stazzema and examines its aftereffects. During the Nazi occupation of Italy, SS officers were charged with destroying anti-Fascist and anti-Nazi partisans. In the process, they also purposively disseminated terror throughout the Italian countryside and cities. On August 12, 1944, about 300 SS troops surrounded the village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema, which had been flooded with refugees, and rounded up and shot villagers. Some people were herded into basements and other enclosed spaces and killed with hand grenades. Before burning the village to the ground, the SS murdered hundreds of women and elderly and 116 children. This was one of the worst massacres of civilians on Italian soil during the war. Paolo Pezzino not only reconstructs the events in Sant'Anna, but deals with the 'forgetting' of the massacre as well as the continuing debates among historians, politicians and popular memory.

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This book recounts the massacre at Sant'Anna di Stazzema and examines its aftereffects. During the Nazi occupation of Italy, SS officers were charged with destroying anti-Fascist and anti-Nazi partisans. In the process, they also purposively disseminated terror throughout the Italian countryside and cities. On August 12, 1944, about 30...

Paolo Pezzino is a professor of Contemporary History at theUniversity of Pisa, Italy. His previous publications include Storie di guerra civile: L'eccidio di Niccioleta (2001); Senza Stato: Le radici storiche della crisi (2002); Le mafie (2003); Anatomia di un massacro: Controversia sopra una strage tedesca (2007); Sant’Anna di Stazze...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:210 pages, 9.71 × 5.69 × 0.71 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340784

ISBN - 13:9780230340787

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Table of Contents

The Massacre * Investigation of the Massacre * Fighting the Armed Bands, the War Against Civilians * Judicial Truth and Historical Truth * ‘Experts in truth?’: The politics of retribution in Italy and the role of historians