This building became the site of the only extermination camp in Italy with the German occupation in 1943. Civico Museo della ... More
Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba
This building became the site of the only extermination camp in Italy with the German occupation in 1943. Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba has been a national monument since 1965. Three thousand to five thousand people lost their lives here. At the end of the war the building was partially destroyed by fleeing Nazis, trying to eliminate proof of the horrors they committed. Restored in 1975, this is a frightening place to visit; the death cells are open to visit as well as 17 detention cells, and a historic, photographic exhibition. Do not miss out on a visit.
Reviews for Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba: 2
Worth the visit but do your homework first
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 12/22/10
After hearing so much about this place from a friend who was there the day the chimney blew up in 1945, I was eager to see it for myself while on vacation.
Make no mistake thinking this place was a holiday compared to other prison camps - this one was purely about killing and they didn't care if you were a child or not.
Firstly, I'm grateful they've declared this site a museum for visitors to learn from and reflect on, however I feel there needs to be a lot more information provided at the site.
To anyone walking in off the street with no knowledge of the Risiera's history, you will be bitterly disappointed. There's only the bare basic information and a few relics from survivors which I felt needed to be better placed in order to achieve any effect.
I found the rooms themselves (death cell, prison cells, room of crosses) quite disappointing in terms of detail. Sure, the actual physical aspect was still eerie, but I felt for the sake of educating others, there needed to be more detailed information about what went on in each room. I still have no idea about the significance of the room of crosses!
Sure, I don't speak or read Italian, which I assume had all the facts and figures, but I found more information through searching online (in one instance I found a page of horrific survivor stories) than I did reading the brochure.
Overall, it's worth the visit for the sake of remembering and honoring those who were murdered there. However, you can't help but walk out with a lot of unanswered questions, so grab yourself a book or get online and research first.
They have a brochure in English for purchase (as well as Italian, German, French, i think) explaining the components of the memorial, which is helpful. Entry to the memorial is free. Visiting this memorial is emotionally draining but is interesting, and well worth the time and effort to get there (the city bus stops a block away).
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