Upon the joint initiative of the German Embassy in Italy and the Italian association Arte in Memoria, pupils of several schools in Rome have been engaged in the cleaning of 288 Stolpersteine which have been installed around the city since 2010.
Spolverare la Memoria (Dusting memory) is the title of this initiative which, during the World Day for Cultural Diversity, has gathered students of Deutsche Schule Rom, Liceo Renzo Levi, Liceo Statale Eugenio Montale, IIS Luigi Einaudi, IISS Roberto Rossellini, Liceo Ginnasio E.Q. Visconti, Liceo Artistico Ripetta, IIS Leonardo da Vinci Maccarese-Fiumicino, Liceo Aristofane and of the American Academy.
Hundreds of students were at work, to fulfil their mission for memory and participation last week.
Remembering all of the victims’ names, their fates, is fundamental in order to combat oblivion and foster a peaceful coexistence both in the present and in the future. This is the message launched during this highly significant day, as underlined by Adachiara Zevi, president of the association Arte in Memoria, and by the German ambassador Viktor Eibling in their speeches.
Translated by Mattia Stefani and edited by Claudia Azzalini, students at the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreting and Translation of Trieste University and interns at the newspaper office of the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities.