The war envents of the Second World War linked to the Oriental Gotic Line have deeply marked the history of Valconca territory and the mind of its inhabitants.
In order to boost collective memories of local places and communities involved in war events of September 1944, the municipalities of Montescudo–Monte Colombo, Gemmano, Montegridolfo and San Clemente, with the support of Emilia-Romagna Region (Law for the upgrading of the 19s memories) since 2017 have decided to create a collective project. In this website interviews of direct witnesses have been published. Those voices are telling the stories of young people who lived in Valconca in the summer 1944. We want attract interest of young generation about those terrible events.
The videos, shot by Icaro, multimedial network in Rimini, points out on witnesses because they are the autentic richeness of our history, we have to protect them because they are very fragile.
All those voices are different from each other, they are unique, tender and impressive, they form a choir. Each aspect of these testimonies inspieres different suggestions and thoughts linked to places where people lived. Some of there were little children when the events took place.
Every video is composed by interviews to witnesses and panoramic frames of the Valconca territory. The project was enriched with historical clips thanks to Istituto Storico della Resistenza e dell’Italia contemporanea di Forlì-Cesena.
Those videos are emotional and they boost the tourist to discover this territory.
The project, with the support of Emilia-Romagna Region for two years (2017-2018) is focused on videos interviews. Since 2018 we worked on archival objects, audio and text, to save and promote its through the web. Those are memories collected some years ago by different methodologies but they arerelevant to know the history of Valconca.
To give voice and image to the texts we shot two readings with the support of frames and musics. Those texts were taken from the book “La Linea dei Goti e la Guerra”, Montegridolfo.
Some old audios have been restored: now it’s possible to hear those podcast.
In this website you can see some photos and download books about the Oriental Gotic Line.
One of the activity of the project, thinking to international historical and tourist promotion of this heritage, is the English subtitles of “Rosso: il fronte”, a DVD realized by Silvana Cerruti some years ago following the workshop “Laboratorio delle memorie al femminile”, Gemmano, 2005-2006, an exstraordinary document in order to study and deeply understand the impact of the Second World War on local population.
The website includes events, photos, texts and links to other archives and museum about Oriental Gotic Line in Valconca.
The and this project is one step of the collaboration among mucipalities mentioned above, started in 2014, to promove the local and collective memory of the 1944 in Valconca.
Moreover, the project is part of APPEACE – War Places/Peace Citizens network.