Luino, in exile, Morresi in the Day of Remembrance: “Two times the Italian, by birth and by choice”

Published on Feb 13, 2017

The day of remembrance, a memory told to the teatro Sociale in Luino from one who was there and to hear his words were the highest institutional positions luinesi in addition to many young learners: Pier Maria Morresi told of his experience as an exile from istria and, as hundreds of thousands of exiles who had to leave their Italian home, before it became yugoslavia, to become himself “the Italian”: a birth, a choice. For too many years, this story of Italy's history, displacement, and suffering, has been silenced, and today was commemorated as a solemnity the national. Luino, in exile, Morresi in the Day of Remembrance: “Two times the Italian, by birth and by choice”. Was held this morning a meeting for Remembrance Day: at the teatro sociale in Luino, in the presence of young students of the secondary schools in Luino, Germignaga, of the institute of Mary help of christians and of the institute of Roggiano, was held the solemn celebration in memory of the exiles of istria and of the tragedy of the foibe. Dr Pier Maria Morresi, President of the National Association Venezia Giulia and Dalmatia Provincial Committee of Varese, the presence of civil authorities, military and religious, she presented a subject which is too often overlooked in school books, speaking with the zeal of one who has lived in first person the events. Morresi, one of the last items that can bear witness to the terrible affair, to which is entrusted the task of defending a story too often goes unmentioned. Pierangelo Rossi, alpine and former mayor of Curiglia, opened the meeting, thanking those present “for this participation, that wants to seek knowledge and that affects the whole Italy”. Rossi has recalled, with the nationalist sentiment of those who believe that these memories are a necessary step in order to build a better future, that the Remembrance Day is a solemnity, a national law establishes: “The 10 of February of 1947 was signed the peace treaty that was assigned to Yugoslavia Istria, part of Venezia Giulia. You want this day to preserve and renew the memory of the tragedy of the italians and all the victims of the foibe and the exodus from their land”. His words followed by the national anthem sung in unison by all those present in the room. The intervention of the mayor Pellicini. The first act on stage was the mayor Andrea Pellicini, before focusing on the theme of Remembrance, presented the lieutenant Alessandro Volpini, from a few weeks to the guide of the Company of the Carabinieri in Luino: “This morning we decided to honor the day of remembrance by inviting dr. Morresi. At a certain point in the history 300 thousand italians were forced to leave their lands in italy to find hospitality from another part of Italy, as if we, now, we are uprooted from the lake, from the mountains, from everything, go far away. And that is what our Italian brothers have suffered. The celebration and the memory of these facts came only from the 90s onwards. For a long time of all these people he memory for political convenience, which, unfortunately, has passed this duty to remember. One of the first politicians to remember this story was Cossiga in 1991: the foiba of Basovizza he knelt and asked forgiveness for forgetfulness on the part of all Italy”. The memory and emotions of an exile, the testimony of Pier Maria Morresi. “I speak because I am a refugee and I came to Varese to 3 years. Are one of the many exiles from istria and mine is one of their latest entries. As said Montanelli, we are two times the italians: once for the birth and second by choice, because the peace treaty of 1947 said that those who had remained in the territory, would become the yugoslav”. These are the first words of dr Pier Maria Morresi. A strong testimony of his passed on with the impetus of someone who is telling a reality lived in the first person, as in this case, leave the sign. Born in Pola, Morresi has been the protagonist of a page of Italian history that is still little known: “Today there will often be two words: foibe and the exodus. In a survey that was made among the italians, it turned out that only about 30% know their meaning”. Not a celebration, but the solemnity national, because this is the Day of Remembrance, a moment of national mourning with flags at half-staff for a memory that “is a problem of our nation in the course of the year.” Dr. Morresi he spoke about the history of Italy, continually contend for the territories of istria and part of Venezia Giulia with the other nations to get to clarify what actually happened during the exodus that has affected him and the other 300 thousand italians, documenting with pictures and also personal the historical facts. The movie. In the room, then, was shown a movie about the exodus which has affected the dr Morresi: black and white images that bear witness to what happened, and that capture the attention of students and institutional authorities, or images that tell the story of the abandonment of land and family, violence, and the necessity of a new life, images that speak Italian. “Even in this case, as in many others, it speaks of the boundaries, drawn on the cards and on the territory. In Istria has been physically traced on the ground: a ridiculous white line of the boundary that divides the stable from the house of the lord, one half of the apples of a tree from the other half and a pool table into two equal parts. It is a line from the incredible value,” said Morresi at the end of the projection, focusing also on the speech of the foibe: “it was explained what they are, but how many italians there are finished inside is a problem that historians have not yet shared”. This and other questions remain about the history of the exodus of the giuliano-dalmatian: “After 70 years you should get to the point of having a unique vision of the facts,” continues Morresi. A history for the future. “You can talk about the future if you do not know the past history serves to be able to orient”. Words full of feeling of those used by Morresi to conclude the celebration of the Day of Remembrance, which is also cited Piero Pellicini, father of the current mayor of Luino, in mind, in march 2004, when we were discussing the house and the Senate on the establishment of the Day of Remembrance, in memory of the victims of the sinkholes, the exodus julian-dalmatian, of the events of the eastern border, and granting an recognition to the joint infoibati”. Just before the end of the meeting, Morresi has a place and is asked a question: “Has a sense about these things after so many years?” and, after a moment of silence, he replied: “Yes, to all of us today, born before and after the esulo, to defend a truth that is not entirely shared, with the support of the law. But we must still be watchful because the Day of Remembrance does not become a meeting rhetorical, but always remains more a testimony to the ever-living for all of us. The ten of February is not only the tenth of February, but a day of remembrance that lasts the whole year”.

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