the Division Acqui

The President of the Republic Ciampi visits Kefalonia where he recalls the massacre of 5,000 officers and soldiers of the Acqui Division, shot by the German army for refusing to hand over the weapons, after the armistice of 8th September 1943. For the President, it is the “first act of the Italian Resistance”. A resistance interpreted as a choral phenomenon, such as the union of the Italian people with the armed forces. In Ciampi‚Äôs vision, September 8 does not mark the “death of the homeland” but the moment of the redemption of the Italian people from the shame of fascism and the tragedy of the Second World War.