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The Order Has Been Carried Out: History, Memory, and Meaning of a Nazi Massacre in Rome (Palgrave Studies in Oral History)

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Winner of the 2005 Oral History Association Book Award 

On March 24, 1944, Nazi occupation forces in Rome killed 335 unarmed civilians in retaliation for a partisan attack the day before. Alessandro Portelli has crafted an eloquent, multi-voiced oral history of the massacre, of its background and its aftermath. The moving stories of the victims, the women and children who s
Paperback, Palgrave Studies in Oral History, 352 pages
Published February 15th 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 1999)
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L'immediata e crudele rappresaglia nazista, che seguì l'attentato di Via Rasella, a Roma nel 1944, è stata oggetto di discussioni infinite, oltre che di atti giudiziari al termine del conflitto. Questo libro l'analizza con equilibrio, basandosi sulle testimonianze vive dei romani (citate alla lettera e documentate), nonché sulla cospicua mole di pubblicazioni in merito. Contribuisce a sedare certe polemiche ancora vive, fatti alla mano. Non orienterà il giudizio basato su passione e/o dolore, ma ...more
Sep 25, 2010 John rated it liked it
This was a compelling oral history, especially for people interested in WWII and Italy. It concerns a Nazi massacre of over three hundred Italians in retribution for a resistance bombing that killed about thirty Nazi soldiers. Over the years, the memory of the event had changed for many people; although the Nazis posted AFTER the massacre that they were going to kill ten Italians for every dead German soldier, many people were remembering the posting as coming BEFORE the massacre, and blamed the ...more
El uso adecuado ded las fuentes orales, en la construcción de la historia de los hechos sociales.
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Jul 29, 2014 Ligia Giay rated it really liked it
Simply put: Wow. This book is a masterpiece, it managed to combine the oral narratives of the Fosse Ardeatine massacre with an investigation of how the politics of memory affect the way the massacre was explained. my favorite part of this book is how Portelli began and ended all the chapters; with names of 335 individuals executed on March 24, 1944. Even reciting the 11 unknowns. Because anyone matters.
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Il libro "definitivo", se mai può esistere tal libro, sulla strage delle Fosse Ardeatine.
Contro ogni negazionismo, contro le schifose polemiche della destra e, ancor di più, di certi sinistri personaggi.
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Another good study on memory, how memory was divided on a single event, the Ardeatine Caves Massacre. Some people of Rome blamed the Nazi and some blamed the partisan as the cause of the massacre.
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Alessandro Portelli, nato a Roma nel 1942, è considerato tra i fondatori della storia orale. Professore di Letteratura angloamericana all’Università «La Sapienza» di Roma, ha fondato e presiede il circolo Gianni Bosio per la conoscenza critica e la presenza alternativa delle culture popolari. Collabora con la Casa della Memoria e della Storia di Roma e con «il manifesto», «Liberazione» e «l’Unità» ...more
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