NJIIAHC presents “Remembering the #Foibe Massacres” Conference

Posted on February 17, 2014



 “Remembering the Foibe Massacres” is the topic to be presented Saturday, March 1, by the New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission.  The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the multipurpose room of the Rutgers University Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, from 10 a.m. to noon. 


    Presenters include Ida Marinzoli, PhD candidate at Rutgers University; Eligio Clapcich, president of Giuliani nel Mondo of New Jersey; and Peter Lesnik, graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.


    The Foibe massacres are the overlooked mass killings of late World War II.  Marshal Josef Tito of Yugoslavia ordered thousands of Italians to be tortured or killed, thrown dead or alive, into gorges, called foibe.  Because Tito’s forces destroyed population records, the exact number of deaths is unknown. 


       The NJIIAHC aims to build and strengthen the cultural identity of Italians and Italian Americans through public educational programs that preserve and promote an accurate, bias-free, and non-stereotyped understanding and awareness of historical and current contributions and accomplishments of people of Italian heritage.

    For information about the conference or the Commission, call (848) 445 4163 or info@iahi.rutgers.edu.

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