Today it is January 27th, the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
The history of the holocaust in Venice is comples, like everywhere. But today I want to remember one of the 246 people deported to the concentration camps. Gino Aboaf, Achille Aboaf and Rosa Lucia Mogno’s son. He was arrested in Venice and then deported to Auschwitz extermination camp.
He is one of the 8 people from Venice survived the Shoah. In the newest area of the Ghetto, called Ghetto Novissimo wecan see Achille and Gino’s "Stolpersteine" (pietra d'inciampo - stumbling stone), about 10 sq cm, it might be easy to miss if you don't pay attention. It is a small brass stone, embedded directly underfoot, in the cobblestones of the street and it remembers where the people it commemorate once lived. The stumbling stone movement has had a profound impact ever since it was initiated by German artist Gunter Demnig in Cologne, Germany, in 1992.
Today /2021) in Venice we have 105 stumbling stones.67 in Cannaregio; 19 in San Marco; 10 in Castello, 2 in San Polo, 1 in Dorsoduro, 1 in Santa Croce, 4 at the Lido; 1 in San Servolo.
“They will even take away our name: and if we want to keep it, we will have to find ourselves the strength to do so, to manage somehow so that behind the name something of us, of us as we were, still remains” Primo Levi, If this is a Man