By Louis Lacroix
“Memory is the strongest instrument we have to avoid the errors of the past and strengthen the common fabric and shared values of the city.” The Milano è memoria exposition and its creator have created piece to commemorate the past and particularly the tragedy that endured Milan endured on December 12, 1969 with the bomb planted by a neo-fascist group killing 17 and injuring even more. Ironically and dramatically, Fascism and Nazism are two of the most infamous concept of the 20th century, yet they are still brought forward. These ideologies are massively denounced and despised, yet groups will revendicate their names and their ideas. Italy is the prime example for that. The first and the second Republic had to deal for around 30 years after the bombs with the likes of Junio Borghese and strategies of tension that promoted neofascism while hammering the republic. Britain was afflicted with similar problems in the 1980s, where the New Front, compared to a neo-Nazi group, rallied more radicals to support their claims. While memory is powerful and important in forging legacies associated with the terms, it seems that ideologies such as fascism and Nazism won’t because negatively associated enough for younger generations of radicals to completely drop them. I think one of the major problems for the collective memory resides in how it is presented, how the state educates its citizens on the matter. Particularly in this period of time, the alienation of both side of the political spectrum banalize many terms and a part of the problem certainly resides in it.
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