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Liberation Day (Italy) #573617
25/04/19 09:54 AM
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Probably not particularly noted in other parts of the world but today, 25 April, Italy's Liberation Day (Festa della liberazione), also known as the Anniversary of the Liberation (Anniversario della liberazione d'Italia), Anniversary of the Resistance (anniversario della Resistenza), or simply 25 April is a national Italian holiday commemorating the end of Nazi occupation of the Country during World War II and the victory of the Resistance on 25 April 1945.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberation_Day_(Italy)

Also probably not well known outside Italy but the final period of the war in Italy developed into a real civil war and when the armistice was signed on 3 September 1943 the German army treated the Italian Military as enemy forces and many were rounded up and made prisoners those who escaped joined the partisans and/or walked through the mountains to return home.

The song associated with this day is "Bella Ciao" and it would be almost impossible not to hear it on the radio today.



English Translation of Lyrics to Bella Ciao
by : Michael P. Wright

Questa mattina mi sono svegliato.....................This morning I awakened
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao...................Good-bye beautiful
Questa mattina mi sono svegliato.....................This morning I awakened
Ed ho trovato l’invasor.........................................And I found the invader

O partigiano porta mi via.................................Oh partisan carry me away
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao...................Good-bye beautiful
O partigiano porta mi via.................................Oh partisan carry me away
Che me sento di morir’..............................When I feel death approaching

E se io muoio da partigiano................................And if I die as a partisan
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao...................Good-bye beautiful
E se io muoio da partigiano................................And if I die as a partisan
Tu me devi seppellir’............................................Then you must bury me

Mi seppellirai lassu in montagna....................Bury me up in the mountain
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao...................Good-bye beautiful
Mi seppellirai lassu in montagna....................Bury me up in the mountain
Sotto l’ombra di un bel fiore............Under the shade of a beautiful flower

E tutti quelli che passeranno.........................And all those who shall pass
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao....................Good-bye beautiful
E tutti quelli che passeranno.........................And all those who shall pass
Ti diranno che bel fior’...................Will tell you what a beautiful flower it is

E questo fiore da partigiano.......................And this flower of the partisan
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao....................Good-bye beautiful
E questo fiore da partigiano.......................And this flower of the partisan
E’ il fior’ di liberta.....................................................Is the flower of liberty


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Re: Liberation Day (Italy) [Re: Gambalunga] #573630
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Very much noted in my part of the world, although our Liberation Day is on May 9th and also a public holiday.

This is Liberation square in St Helier

(I got married the day after the Libertion Day holiday, which always strikes me as vaguely ironic laugh2 )



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Re: Liberation Day (Italy) [Re: Gambalunga] #573639
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Peter, I remember Mario De Marcellis (prop. Albergo Ristorante Al Verde, Rongio) telling me his father fought with the partisans in the nearby mountains towards the end of WWII.


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Re: Liberation Day (Italy) [Re: Richard Wood] #573660
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Originally Posted By Richard Wood
Peter, I remember Mario De Marcellis (prop. Albergo Ristorante Al Verde, Rongio) telling me his father fought with the partisans in the nearby mountains towards the end of WWII.

Not many of them left now; very few combatants and some of the younger ones that acted as message runners and carried supplies, often girls (staffetta) who were in just as much danger as their armed compatriots.

Duilio, Alis's father, was 17 in 1943.



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Re: Liberation Day (Italy) [Re: Gambalunga] #573679
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End of the war in Europe day , don't think thats a holiday here for some reason !


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Re: Liberation Day (Italy) [Re: madmax] #573683
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Originally Posted By madmax
End of the war in Europe day , don't think thats a holiday here for some reason !

Not Europe, just Italy.

France was not completely liberated until the early months of 1945 though the French tend to think of the liberation of Paris on the 25 August 1944 as the most important date.

Belgium was declared free of German occupation on 4 February 1945.

In reality I think the word "Liberation" has been often used to cover the exchange of one form of occupation for another.


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Re: Liberation Day (Italy) [Re: Gambalunga] #573698
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Peter, I think you miss madmaxes point. By the way I thought Italy was occupied by Germans not Nazis.


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Re: Liberation Day (Italy) [Re: Gambalunga] #573699
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5 May 1945 in NL
Thankfully we live in peace from that moment on.
I am named after my father’s brother and sister who were killed in WW2.
Grateful for all these men and women who gave their lives!


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Re: Liberation Day (Italy) [Re: Gambalunga] #573702
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Originally Posted By Gambalunga
Originally Posted By Richard Wood
Peter, I remember Mario De Marcellis (prop. Albergo Ristorante Al Verde, Rongio) telling me his father fought with the partisans in the nearby mountains towards the end of WWII.

Not many of them left now; very few combatants and some of the younger ones that acted as message runners and carried supplies, often girls (staffetta) who were in just as much danger as their armed compatriots.

Duilio, Alis's father, was 17 in 1943


Thanks Peter, I remember him well, and his pipe wink


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Re: Liberation Day (Italy) [Re: Gambalunga] #573735
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It's a song I like as it brings back a nice family memory.

Both of my girls learned Bella Ciao at school when they first started learning Italian aged about 11. It was a big hit with the locals when they came out with it on holiday in Lucca one year !!


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