Deportation: Fossoli

Primo Levi, Luciana Nissim and Vanda Maestro declared themselves to be Jews and, after a month of imprisonment in the barracks in Aosta, were transferred to Fossoli. Fossoli near Carpi di Modena was the largest transit camp in Italy. Six convoys left the camp for Auschwitz. However, at least during the time that Primo, Luciana and Vanda were interned there, life inside the camp was bearable and families were able to remain together. Luciana Primo and Vanda remained at the camp for a month and were joined by Franco Sacerdoti, a young Jew from Naples who had moved to Turin and had been arrested in Val di Lanzo. The four formed an inseparable quartet: when they were informed that they would be leaving the next day for an “unknown destination”, they were cooking themselves some spaghetti. In the world of concentration camps, Fossoli was the beginning of a funnel leading to Auschwitz.


Multimedia interactive exhibition
Turin • 27 January | 20 March 2010
Fossoli • 25 April | 11 July 2010
5-20 September 2010
Roma • 12 October | 27 November 2010