MEMORY TRAIN

Torino/Auschwitz-Birkenau A/R

February 2011

For seven years the Turin association “Terra del Fuoco” have organized the “Train of Memory”, a one-year cultural journey  for high school students. The core of the project is the journey that takes place between the end of January – on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day – and the first days of February, culminating in a visit to the concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is an experience that aims at stimulating a students’ reflection, inspired by the events of the Second World War, that bring them to analyze present in a critical and participated way.

I took part in this trip on February 2011, with the intent to document the impact of this experience on young participants, in confirmation of the intimate conviction that human being, whatever their age or origin, is always inadequate in front of other people’ s pain, especially in front  of so huge tragedies.