Liberation Day

by Stefania Bufano

by Stefania Bufano

In Italy every year on the 25th of April it’s Liberation Day: it’s the Anniversary of Liberation of Italy, or also called the Holiday of 25th of April. It’s an important day, started since 1945, commemorating and representing the end of the second world war, the end of the German nazist occupation in Italy, the end (after twenty years) of the fascist regime in Italy and the holiday for “Resistenza italiana” (Italian Resistance), or “Resistenza Partigiana” (Partisan Resistance), which has been very important to combat Italian fascism.

The voice that you’ll hear on the radio, on 25th of April 1945, that is giving a message to Italians, it’s that of Sandro Pertini, an important partisan, who many years after (1978) became the President of the Italian Republic: “Citizens, workers: general strike against German occupation, against fascist war, for the salvation of our lands, our homes, our workshops. Like at Genoa and Turin, place the Germans in front of the dilemma: to surrender or to perish”.

“Cittadini, lavoratori: sciopero generale contro l’occupazione tedesca, contro la guerra fascista, per la salvezza delle nostre terre, delle nostre case, delle nostre officine. Come a Genova e a Torino, ponete i tedeschi di fronte al dilemma: arrendersi o perire”.