What Does It Matter if You Die? The Seven Cervi Brothers
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On the morning of December 28, 1943, the seven Cervi brothers, along with Quarto Camurri, were executed at the firing range at Reggio Emilia.1 Mass executions were not uncommon during the Second World War, but for complex reasons the Cervi brothers have lived on in local and national consciousness, as well as in the names of the streets and squares of central and northern Italy. In this chapter I will examine the process by which the Cervi brothers and their father, the benign patriarch Alcide, have become such a part of collective memory by focusing primarily on the role they have played in Italian culture.
KeywordsCollective Memory Mass Execution Resistance Movement Firing Range Italian Culture
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