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Sciesopoli of Selvino- keeping the collective memory alive

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President of the region of Lombardi,Italy, Roberto Maroni
President of the Province of Bergamo, Italy, Ettore Pirovano
The mayor of the City of Selvino, Italy, Carmelo,Ghilardi,

Please show leadership and intervene to prevent demolishing

Of the remarkable Sciesopoli building, which became the rescue, rehabilitation and education center for 800 vulnerable children, survivors of the Holocaust from all over Europe after WWII.

By allowing the demolition of this building you will erase a heroic chapter in history following WWII in which the people of Selvino, generous Italian citizens such as Raffaele Cantoni, Luigi Gorini and others, as well as members of the Hagana, the Jewish Brigade, the Mosad Le'Aliya Bet, the JDC (Joint Distribution Committee), ORT and Gordonia members, coordinated the rehabilitation, healing and education of the children, under the baton of Moshe Ze'iri - director of the house.

We believe that the building and it's past role after WWII, should become a memorial and museum, (as well as hotel/hostel) to honor the lives of orphan children survivors of the Holocaust, as well as honoring committed, well wishing Italian citizens who helped rescuing the children and returning them to a normal life. Also we see great value in preserving this building as a museum/hotel to be an example for future generations how to engage positively and not stand idle in the face of evil and destruction of any human being.

This project is also a key to Selvino's economic future (hotel/tourism), and beyond financial considerations, it will be vital to the spiritual and moral health of the Italian citizenry and people from all over the world.

Demolishing would send a terrible message to youth about Italian and Jewish history.


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Miriam Bisk (USA) Mirbisk2@twcny.rr.com

Marco Cavallarin (Italy) mcavallarin@gmail.com

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