77 years have passed since the massacre of Sant’Anna di Stazzema, the killing, in the small village in the province of Lucca, of 560 civilians, including 130 children, by the SS. “But the ideology that led to that massacre has not yet been eradicated”, says the mayor of Stazzema Maurizio Verona to the Adnkronos, who promoted, in the middle of the pandemic, a bill of popular initiative against propaganda fascist and Nazi. In just a few months, 240,000 signatures were collected, far more than the 50,000 requests.
“Sant’Anna di Stazzema has a record: the massacre took place on 12 August 1944, the third degree of judgment of the trial arrived in 2007, because the files were lost or, I say, covered up. Here, I hope that the proposal of the law against a criminal ideology does not face the same end as the massacre files “, adds the mayor, who now hopes for approval by the Chambers. “I find it a duty on the part of a democratic Parliament at least to bring the PDL up for discussion, but I hope that the law will be approved”.
According to Verona “there is an enormous need to stop this black wave, which is a wave of hatred. It continues to spread hatred, and the daily episodes must make us reflect, especially for a representative of a territory that is based on that ideology. been so hard hit. ” The spring that triggered the collection of signatures, however, was the Eurispes report: “the data are alarming: the number of citizens who say they do not know what the Shoah was, there is a lack of culture, has grown. “It is a historical revisionism that has made the ghosts of the past re-emerge. The laws are there, the Scelba law and the Mancino law, but we continue to see processions of fascists and municipal councilors making the Roman salute”.
“The bill is also useful for bringing this issue back into the daily debate – concludes Verona – and this is the right way, while underestimating the phenomenon and remaining indifferent is the wrong way”.