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Old Chestnuts – article by Francis Pettitt

Old Chestnuts – article by Francis Pettitt

The bread of the poor, the majestic chestnut fed them with its fruits for without the chestnut’s support there would have been famine on a huge scale

The continuing refugee crisis affecting what Churchill termed “the soft underbelly of Europe”( i.e. Italy) and, in particular, the island of Lampedusa – that ancestral territory of the writer of one of the greatest novels this country has produced, “The Leopard” (who doesn’t remember the film version starring Burt Lancaster?) – was evidenced on a large scale among these […]

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German court drops investigation into Nazi massacre at Sant’Anna di Stazzema

German court drops investigation into Nazi massacre at Sant’Anna di Stazzema

Italian survivors of a wartime Nazi massacre have reacted angrily to a German court’s decision to abandon an investigation into eight former SS soldiers who have already been convicted in Italy for their role in the killing. The former soldiers – who are still alive – were sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005 by an […]

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Inside Buffalo documentary – NY Premiere

CENTERPIECE SCREENING Friday, December 4 @ 8:00PM Cowin Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY as part of the African Diaspora Film Festival. Inside Buffalo is a full length documentary about the 92nd infantry division, an African American segregated unit, which consisted of 15,000 soldiers, who served in Italy during WW II. They were called “Buffalo […]

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Spike Lee’s film "Miracle at St. Anna" draws fire.

The American film director Spike Lee has provoked a furious row in Italy with his latest film, Miracle at Sant’Anna, which centres on the role of black soldiers in liberating Italy and includes a story line about 1944 massacre in the Tuscan town of Sant’Anna di Stazzema. By depicting the Partisans, the Italian resistance which […]