The Museum of the Resistance in Sant'Anna di Stazzema

The Museum of the Resistance

In this little village on the Apuan Mountains the SS carried out a horrendous massacre in which 560 innocent people lost their lives

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On the 12th August 1944, in Sant'Anna di Stazzema, a little village in the High Versilia on the slopes of the Apuan Alps, some divisions of the SS carried out one of the most horrendous crimes perpetrated by the German troops in Italy, assassinating 560 people, among them many children. The Historical Museum of the Resistance offers its visitors a basic but exhaustive and historically-based panorama of Versilia’s contribution to the struggle for Liberation and, at the same time, stimulates reflection on the values of the Resistance.

The set-up of the museum area is imagined as a global vision for the spatial relationship between internal and external: an exhibition space and Monument-Ossuary that rises on the Cava hill. The Monument-Ossuary is formed by a 12 metre stone tower with four arches and the foundation holds the remains of the 560 civilian victims murdered by the Germans on the 12th August 1944. A tomb-stone holds the names of those dead that were identifiable. A paved footpath leads up to the monument, representing an idealised Via Crucis and along which are shown both the events of the Passion of Christ as well as the historical and civil events of Sant’Anna and the surrounding area.

Cover image credit: Hans Peter Schaefer

Castles, fortified sites and chiselled-out tunnels from medieval times Province of Lucca
Surrounded by the Apuan Alps, Stazzema is situated in a panoramic position that allows the visitor to admire the numerous villages scattered throughout the slopes of the mountains, inhabited since ancient times, as shown by the discovery of tombs of the Ligurian-Apuan peoples. ...