Territory and memory: the landing of the Allies in Sicily in 1943

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The concept of memory (memorial site) has gained crucial importance in recent years for the identification of places(areas) and in the affirmation of local identities. The memorial sites are areas where usually tragic events haveoccurred and resulted in a cultural change. In these places there are still signs of these historical events and/ortangible and intangible indications created by the society such as: monuments, obelisks, marble inscriptions, others.Sicily represents an ideal area for studying memorial sites; not only because of the number of dominations in the pastcenturies, but also for the significance of all places where the mafia has taken its root. These elements have causedseveral changes in the culture and in the landscape.Sicily is the land where “Operation Husky” began, in the summer of 1943. This agreement between the Americansand the British aimed at occupying Sicily, Italy after World War II. Seventy years after this operation the territory isstill marked by testimonies of those tragic events. The bombing devastated buildings, which we can still acknowledgefor their cultural significance. These memorial areas represent a strong testimony of the past. There are cemeteries,protecting bodies many of which are unknown; there are bunkers and other military garrisons well preservedthroughout the territory. These signs must be rediscovered, to be replicated because of the contemporary geopoliticalsituation.As a result, in this paper we propose to identify the area of eastern Sicily suitable for a tourist itinerary in the culturalmemory of the war of 1943. The idea is to encourage tourism that gives rise to real emotions and thoughts.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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