Communities of Contentment. For a Sustainable Future Centered Around the Citizen in the Community of Saluzzo

Chicago, United States

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The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute, Silvio Marchetti,

is pleased to invite you to


“Communities of Contentment”. For a Sustainable Future Centered Around the Citizen in the Community of Saluzzo, with the participation of the wine sommelier Matteo Capellaro and of the Barolo wine producer Claudio Fenocchio,


on Friday, February 1st at 6:00pm

at the Italian Cultural Institute

500 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450

Chicago, IL 60611


 

The city of Saluzzo is committed to the promotion of its citizens’ welfare by enhancing values such as social cohesion, cultural enrichment, sustainable development, the rediscovery of local interaction and the handing down of knowledge from generation to generation. This project aims at overcoming the crisis produced by consumerism, the reckless use of environmental resources and excessive individualism. This project was conceived within the framework set by the international meeting at the United Nations in New York of April 2nd 2012 under the title “Happiness and well-being: defining a New Economic Paradigm”. Saluzzo shares its quest in the pursuit of a better quality of life with other peoples and nations.

 

“Discover a land rich and fertile”

 

We wish also to invite you to discover a rich and fertile land that, thanks to the toil and tenacity of its people has produced excellent results appreciated the world over. To better explain the quality of one of its best known products, Barolo wine, we have with us Matteo Capellaro, a professional sommelier who has worked in the wine producing district of Langhe, and Claudio Fenocchio, a Barolo producer. They will introduce us to the sampling of one of the best wines of Piedmont, which ranks among the top wine producing regions of Italy.

 

 

The presentation will be followed by a tasting of Barolo wine.

This event is free and open to the public.

Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made right from the top of this webpage or by calling 312-822-9545.


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We would also like to remind you the following event:

 

On the occasion of

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

 

“The Thread of Memory – Projects and Experiences on the Memories of the Holocaust in Saluzzo and the Province of Cuneo” with the participation of Paolo Allemano, Mayor of Saluzzo, Sandro Capellaro of the Association “Giorgio Biandrata”, Silvana Greco, Chaya Roth, and Gitta Fajerstein.

 

Thursday, January 31st 2013 at 6.00 p.m.

at the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center,

78 E. Washington St. Chicago Il 60602

 

In May 1939, the Pact of Steel was signed in Berlin; Mussolini whole-heartedly committed Italy to the German cause. In August, German Foreign Minister Ribbentrop conferred with Italian Foreign Minister Ciano, who was Mussolini’s son-in-law. Ciano was shocked by the true extent of Germany’s ambitions.

On September 1st, 1.5 million German troops invaded Poland. The war - and Germany’s ‘Final Solution’ - had begun. After Germany’s success in France, Italy joined the war in June 1940. Mussolini was granted occupational control of sections of southern France, Greece, and Croatia. These zones quickly became known as safe havens for Jews, owing to the reluctance of so many Italians to support Hitler’s ‘final solution’.

But following Italy’s armistice with the Allies, on September 8th 1943, these safe havens were quickly overrun by the German army and the persecution of the thousands of Jews who had sought refuge in the Italian occupied areas, began. Between September 9th and 13th 1943, a thousand Jews left Southern France trying to reach the safer territories of Italy by crossing the Alps. Many reached the town of Saluzzo and were sheltered by its inhabitants who, shunning the danger of nazi reprisals, hid them. Chaya Roth and Gitta Fajerstein, who are now living in Chicago, have direct memories of those events and will be present at the commemoration at the Cassidy Theater of the Cultural Center to meet the Mayor of Saluzzo and reminisce together. The evening will feature photographs and documentaries.

This event is free and open to the public.


Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made right from the top of this webpage or by calling 312-822-9545.