The Albanian resistance and the participation of Italian partisans in it are the two main themes of the public meeting "Partisans - partizanë! Albania and Italy: dialogue between cultures of the Resistance ", scheduled for 4 June 2013 at 20: 30 at the Sala Randi, in the Municipal Residence, in Via delle Torri 13. Forlì.Historical phenomena unknown to the public, there will be two exceptional witnesses who will talk about it with journalist Maria Teresa Indellicati: the Albanian partisan Halim Brahimuço and the Italian partisan Ettore Bonavolta. The mayor of Forlì, Roberto Balzani, will also attend the meeting.
The stories of the two countries intersect inescapably shortly before the Second World War with the occupation and annexation of Albania by fascist Italy the 7 April 1939. The Albanian resistance began as a protest and guerrilla movement against the fascists, later assuming the characteristics of an organized armed resistance and consolidating itself in the 1943 especially during the Nazi military occupation. The partisan Brahimuço, son of an Albanian patriotic family from the Vlora region, joined the Resistance with the educational groups of the young and in the 1943 he moved into the partisan formation of his area, then part of the V Albanian Assault Brigada.
The resistance of the Italian partisans in Albania is more troubled. After the capitulation and the armistice of the 8 September 1943, the Italian soldiers stationed in the land of the eagles, despite the invitation of their leaders to join the Nazis, found themselves having to choose between the friendly fire of the III Reich or the union with the Albanian partisans. In fact, those who failed to embark for Italy were disarmed, confined, sent to concentration camps or shot by the Nazis. Many were saved thanks to the solidarity shown by the Albanian families who welcomed them into their homes until 1945. The first to join the Albanian resistance as a separate formation were the soldiers of the Florence division who in October of the 1943 founded the "Antonio Gramsci" Battalion, framed in the Albanian I Brigada d'Assalto.
On the other hand, there were also many individual Italian soldiers who voluntarily merged into the Albanian resistance, including the partisan Bonavolta who joined the Dumrea Battalion in central-southern Albania. The blaster Bonavolta, called by his Albanian comrades Pedro, was the head of a mortar squad, and later passed into the Gramsci Battalion which in March of the 1945 had turned into one of the divisions of the Albanian Liberation Army with about 1100 effective.
The meeting is organized by the Juvenilja Association and the ANPI of Forlì, with the contribution of the Municipality of Forlì, within the ATRIUM Project.
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PARTISANS - PARTIZANË!
Albania and Italy: dialogue between cultures of the Resistance
Tuesday 4 June 2013, 20 hours: 30
Sala Randi, Municipal Residence, Via delle Torri 13, Forlì
Public meeting with:
Halim Brahimuço, Albanian partisan
Ettore Bonavolta, known as Pedro, an Italian partisan fighting in Albania
Pietro Caruso, journalist
Roberto Balzani, mayor of Forlì
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