Interview with Gilberto Martina

Title

Interview with Gilberto Martina

Description

Gilberto Martina reminisces his childhood in Chiusaforte and in the Canal del Ferro area: disrupted schooling, fear of Germans, subsistence farming, saboteurs, and one of his mates being killed by a bomb found in a pile of litter. Stressed how the town was a strategic target owing to its position on a main Alpine railway, describes the regular sights of aircraft flying to Germany, and reminisces how villagers spent most of their time inside an underground shelter. Describes the 17 February 1945 bombing in which aircraft were so tightly packed that one was taken down by anti-aircraft fire, collided with another one mid-air and both crashed nearby: ten aircrews were buried in the local cemetery, two survived and visited Chiusaforte when the remains of their fellow crew members were later repatriated. Claims that Allied air forces were more hated than the Germans for inflicting widespread damage and senseless suffering; describes an episode when villagers spat on American and British troops at the end of the war; elaborates on the tormentors / liberators duality.

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Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive
Lapsus. Laboratorio di analisi storica del mondo contemporaneo

Date

2018-06-11

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00:30:29 audio recording

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AMartinaG180611
PMartinaG1801

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Citation

Erica Picco, “Interview with Gilberto Martina,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 22, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/7761.

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