Heritage in the making: dealing with legacies of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany

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December 3, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, European History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

Over the last decade, critical heritage studies have highlighted the role of dictatorship in different historical and social realities. Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, and broadly military regimes of the twentieth century, have often been pivotal in the creation of consensus through propagandistic reinterpretation of the Past. As recent scholarly work has shown, the Fascist reuse of Romanitas and Nazi Philo-Hellenism were not only a sign of cultural reception of the Antiquities but were a key political tool to create and motivate contemporary societies. Once the Nazi and Fascist regimes fall, material legacies of these regimes become object of destruction, reinterpretation and memory work. Thus, heritage taint by regimes and produced by them have not only paid the consequences of damnatio memoriae in the aftermath of regime changes but continues to inflame the contemporary public debate.

This interdisciplinary workshop is the second of a series on Heritage and Dictatorship and will bring together a group of international heritage experts and professionals from Germany and Italy, to explore the complexities of dealing with Heritage of Fascism and National Socialism. Our aim is to examine the shifting conditions of the reception of dictatorial regimes, and the fate of fascist material legacies from the aftermath of the Second World War to the present day.

The workshop comes from the collaboration of the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, the Department of Archaeology and has been awarded generous funds by the new DAAD Research Hub for German Studies established at Cambridge by Prof. Sir Christopher Clark and Prof. Chris Young.




Chair: Flaminia Bartolini- Dealing with Heritage of the Dictatorship


The after-life of Fascism in Italy


9.00-9.20 Patrick Leech- ATRIUM project and the city of Forli’

9.20-9.40 Andrea Di Michele-Bolzano and the Monument to the Victory exhibition

9.40- 10.00 Marcello Flores-Documentation Centre for the History of Fascism in Predappio


10.00-11.00 Questions and tea break


11.00-11.20 Davide Brugnatti and Giuseppe Muroni-Edmondo Rossoni and Tresigallo, an atypical case of regime’s town.

11.20-11.40 Mareno Settimo-Tor Viscosa- A new concept of Industrial City during the regime

11.40-12.00 Francesca Schintu- A difficult heritage. The experience of Fossoli Camp Foundation.


12.00-13.30 Questions and lunch


Material legacies of Nazism


13.30-13.50 Gilly Carr -German bunkers and the creation of heritage in the Channel Islands

13.50-14.10 Alexander Smidth-The Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg- difficult heritage and open space.

14.10-14.30 Andreas Maislinger and Felix Hafner-House of Responsibility-Dealing with Hitler’s heritage

14.30-14.50 Dagmar Zadrazilova-Berlin Tempelhof: From multifaceted heritage site to creative industry hub?


14.50- 15. 30 Questions and tea break


15.30-17.00 Roundtable discussion


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