SOLREM – Antifascist Resistance: Italy and Portugal discuss their Liberation anniversary

Italy and Portugal share the same date celebrating the anniversary of the Liberation, the 25th of April. In Italy this year we celebrated the 79th anniversary and in Portugal the 50th. 

To discuss and reflect together on the history of the anti-fascist Resistance in the two countries, and the links with current events at CEIPES ETS, several guests gathered, including Maria Letizia Colajanni, honorary president of the National Association of Italian Partisans (A.N.P.I.), Renato Franzitta, COBAS representative and a guest from Portugal, Bruno Madeira, University Professor in contemporary history at the University of Lisbon, who presented the history of the Portuguese liberation. 

M.L. Colajanni talked about the still lesser-known history of the women partisans, the different roles they played during the Resistance, and the courage that characterized their voluntary adhesion to the Resistance. 

Then, Renato Franzitta told of the workers’ and students’ struggles, of the new resistance to fascism, bringing this more recent history closer to contemporary times. 

Finally, Bruno Madeira told those present the story of the Portuguese resistance, and of the Portuguese colonies, which in this phenomenon of struggle, in Portugal as well as in Angola, Cape Verde-Guinea Bissau, and other countries for the liberation, for the first time people found themselves as companions. 

The transnational forum has been organized by CEIPES ETS and the Portuguese partners of SOLREM – A Necessary Past: Remembering Solidarity and Resistance against Authoritarianism in Europe [Project Number 101091335].  

Thus, in the second part, there has been a live connection with the event happening at the same time in Lisbon, hosting the Italian speakers Giuseppe Lipari, ANPI, and Hugo Barreira, University Professor of Lisbon. 

It has been a great opportunity to promote and spread awareness of the history of Resistance and solidarity practices transnationally. 

You can learn more about the activities and results of the SOLREM project, by visiting the Website

Furthermore, you can follow the social media channels of CEIPES to be updated about future events and forums: Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.  

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