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Insights | 26/01/2024

Giorno della memoria 2024

The Florentine Jewish community and Hitler's 1938 visit

Adolf Hitler's visit to Florence in 1938 is the theme of the cultural event that the Uffizi Galleries are proposing as an initiative to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. At the centre of the focus is the sketch, made by the painter Silvio Polloni, of the set-up with Nazi decorations prepared to welcome the Führer's speech in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (today Piazza Repubblica), once the beating heart of the Florentine Jewish ghetto in a symbolically genocidal occupation of the urban space of Florence's Jewish community. The work constitutes, not by chance, the last piece in the exhibition "Gli ebrei, i Medici e il ghetto di Firenze", currently hosted in the Pitti Palace. The focus will be led by historian Piergabriele Mancuso, researcher of the Medici Archive Project and curator of the exhibition itself. The focus, which will be accompanied by a greeting from the President of the Florentine Jewish Community Enrico Fink, will be broadcast on the Fb page of the Galleries on Saturday 27 January at 3 p.m.

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