|Carpi - the Museum-Monument to the Deportees|
The Museum which commemorates political and racial deportees, housed in one wing of the palazzo dei Pio in Carpi, reminds the visitor of a wider historic tragedy. The rooms contain maps showing the sites of the Nazi concentration and extermination camps, while an inner courtyard contains columns intended as a monument on which their names are written.
The events are recalled by objects shown in display cases and by photographs. The three-colour graffiti on the walls, to designs by Guttuso, Leger, Cagli and Picasso, are inspired by themes relating to the Nazi persecution. The extracts from letters by European Resistance fighters condemned to death, also engraved on the walls using the graffiti technique, have been selected to place the emphasis on hope and faith in mankind. However, there is a clear prophetic warning in a quotation from Brecht:
and not to look up in the air; actions,
not words are needed. This monster was once
about to rule the world!
The peoples defeated it, but
now we cannot take our victory for granted:
the womb from which it sprang is still fertile".
The walls and pillars of another room, with a cross-vaulted ceiling, are covered from top to bottom with the names of deportees who died in the Nazi camps, a commemoration of the victims with strong emotional impact.
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