April 25th: anniversary of the Liberation of Italy
The partisan Resistance in #renatoguttuso ’s works
✒ For this text thanks to @draugwend
Every year in Italy, on April #25th , people celebrate the end of the Nazi-Fascist oppression during the last phase of #worldwar2 . Obviously, the Nazi and Fascist occupation did not end in one day; April 25th, however, is considered a symbolic date because on that day, in 1945, the Nazi-Fascist troops began to withdraw from Turin and Milan, after people riots and a #partisan coordinated plan to regain those cities.
Resistance had no political color; people of all political beliefs and walks of life came together to fight against dictatorship. Their sacrifice laid the foundations for a free and democratic state; that’s why every year the nation – unite – celebrates their memory.
An artist who dedicated an entire artistic cycle to the exaltation of the Resistance deeds is Renato #Guttuso . “Gott mit Uns” is a series of drawings and watercolors dating back to 1944, when the #liberation war was still ongoing. The serigraphies were made using the ink from the clandestine typographies where Guttuso had sought refuge: this artist, in fact, experienced at first hand the partisan war, being a liaison officer between the Brigate Garibaldi of Rome and the Marsica front. All the works belonging to the “Gott mit Uns” cycle express a sense of anxiety and dread, representing the barbarity which characterized those years. “Gott mit Uns” – which literally means “God is with us” – was actually the sentence engraved on the steel buckle of Nazi and SS soldiers. Thousands of partisans all over Europe could read it a few moments before they died.
Also other European countries celebrate the end of the foreign occupation during World War II. Netherlands and Denmark celebrate it on May 5th; in Norway, the celebration day is May 8th; in Romania, August 23rd. Also Ethiopia celebrates, on May 5th, celebrates Liberation, but from the Italian occupation, which took place in 1941.
The partisan fight definitively freed Italy from the Nazi-Fascist oppression through commitment and sacrifice 💪
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