Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni visited the commemoration in Bazovica on Saturday and spoke out against the “unforgivable silence” surrounding the killings of Italians during World War II. The event took place at the National Monument to the Victims of Phobia, where Meloni emphasized the importance of acknowledging the tragedy that had been covered up for decades.
In her speech, Meloni expressed regret for the silence that shrouded the events on the eastern border for so long and called for forgiveness on behalf of the Republic for failing to address the suffering of Italians during the war. She honored the sacrifices made by Italians from Istria, Dalmatia, and Rijeka, who faced persecution and exile to preserve their identity.
The Italian President Sergio Mattarella also condemned the silence and oblivion in Italy regarding the suffering of the Italians who were massacred or forced to leave their homes during World War II. He emphasized the importance of remembering these events and honoring the victims and their families.
The right-wing government, led by Giorgia Meloni, recently approved the creation of a museum to commemorate the exiles from Istria, Rijeka, and Dalmatia who suffered under Tito’s communist dictatorship. The museum has been called a historic duty owed to the victims.
It is estimated that several thousand Italians were killed in Istria during the war, and over 200,000 Italians were forced to leave Istria and Dalmatia. These tragic events are a significant part of Italian history and deserve to be remembered and honored.