In Slovenia a project whose aim is to remember concentration camps run by Italian fascism is underway. While the focus is on survivors, their relatives and friends from Slovenia, breaking through a historic amnesia is crucial to the authors. In September 2013 an exhibition will be held at the Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia. Meanwhile you can follow the developments on the blog.

The remembrance of Fascist camps emerges as a cooperation between journalist Sasa Petejan, photographer Manca Juvan and historian Urška Strle.

Authors are committed to participate in an appropriate contextualisation of Italy’s concentration camps in the annals of Western European history. The results of their research, work with testimonies and the experiences while searching concentration camp locations and memorials are available in their Remembering Fascist Camps blog. Your participation in a form of comments to the blog posts is appreciated. Collaboration is an opportunity to make known that which for so long was kept in a storeroom of the past or in the shadowe of holocaust and Nazi concentration camps.

Asking Saša, Manca and Urška about their work, they answer simply:

As human beings we are documenting what happened to other human beings.

But what they are actually doing is breaking through historic amnesia. While on one hand Italy as a state never apologized for their past rulers’ deeds, they soon discovered Slovenian youth has no acknowledgement of the fascist occupation either. Check printed encyclopedias and you won’t find a single mention of Italian concentration camps which served as an instrument of political and racial persecution.

Within a historic context, Italian concentration camps could be perceived, by the murderous standards of the second world war, as footnote of evil. “We are not intended to measure the evil. We stay with the facts and the human memory”,  three female authors outline the substance of their work. Italian war crimes had not been fully investigated. It is a historic fact that there were no trials of Italian war criminals as there were for the Germans and Japanese.

The body of work they are creating contributes to recent Slovene oral history records given mostly by civilian survivors. Saša, Manca and Urška are part of the emergence of the “new” WW2 history, developing an area of research that is still at its beginnings.

As the work of three committed women, so the exhibition where their work will be featured, has no precedence in the post World War II period in Slovenia nor in Europe. In terms of quality and documentary value.

In September 2013 the 70th Anniversary of the capitulation of Italy under Mussolini’s rule will be remembered. In Slovenia the Museum of Slovene Contemporary History of Slovenia will open an exhibition showing the work done by the three woman. Manca Juvan will participate with high quality documentary photography, Saša Petejan and Urška Strle are in charge of giving the voice to survivors, their relatives and friends. The exhibition will be enriched with rare preserved objects from the internment.

Scientific Research Centre of the Slovene  Academy of Sciences and Arts and Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia support the authors in their endeavors. Next to Institute APIS they are also exhibition co-producers.

© Manca Juvan: Ms. Barbara Miklič Türk, a wife of a former president ot the republic of Slovenia, displays a pink knitted cap, her mother made in the internment during years 1942-1943