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Volunteer in Auschwitz, first national concert for Pilecki

The event in Pescara, attended by Poland's ambassador Anders

18 January, 15:49
(ANSA) - PESCARA, 18 GEN - The first-ever concert in Pescara for Remembrance Day was dedicated to the Polish hero Witold Pilecki (1901-1948), who, after being voluntarily imprisoned in the Nazi extermination camp, was the first to inform the world about the horrors of Auschwitz and the Shoah. Still, he was not believed: on 26 January, in the auditorium of the Pescara Conservatory of Music, the Luisa D'Annunzio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adriano Melchiorre will perform Marco Patricelli's 'Petite Suite Pilecki.' The concert is under the high patronage of the Warsaw Ministry of Culture, the Polish Embassy and Institute of Culture, the American Jewish Committee, and the Union of Jewish Communities, as well as Abruzzo institutions, and will be attended by ambassador Anna Maria Anders, daughter of General Wladyslaw Anders, winner of the battle of Montecassino, commander of the 2nd Polish Army Corps in Italy and direct superior of Pilecki.

The composer Marco Patricelli is the historian who, in 2010, was the first to reconstruct the story of the brave captain in Europe with an essay published by Laterza and translated into several languages, a bestseller in Poland.

The year 2023 marks the 80th anniversary of Pilecki's escape from Auschwitz and the 75th anniversary of his political assassination after a show trial. The memory of the cavalry captain has been recovered, reconstructed, and disseminated by Patricelli, already awarded significant Polish honors (Commendable Person, Officer's Cross, Witness of History), now an author of the musical score taken from a Symphonic Suite for large orchestra in 7 movements, adapted to the staff of the Pescara conservatory, of which the historian was a student in the piano and composition classes.

The first report of the secret agent Pilecki on the horrors of Auschwitz was drawn up in November 1940 and, through many vicissitudes, arrived first in Stockholm and then in London, the seat of the Polish government in exile, and classified in March 1941. The British, however, deemed it exaggerated. (ANSA).

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