Milan finally unveils a Shoah memorial in central railway station

Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre at last sees installation on platform in recognition of the hundreds of children sent to death camps


For the past three decades, Italian Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre has been asking Milan’s notoriously slow administration to erect a memorial at the city’s railway station to mark the place where she and thousands of other Jews were deported to the death camps between 1943 and 1945.

This month, the 92-year-old’s wish was finally granted.

Mrs Segre, one of Italy's most prominent Shoah survivors was 13 when, on 30 January 1944, she was arrested by Mussolini’s police and forced with 605 other Jews onto livestock carriages at the infamous Binario 21, a platform below the station’s main tracks. Now, there is a multimedia installation at the main station that marks, and tells the story of, their deportation, and a Shoah memorial at Binario 21.

They were inaugurated by Italy’s culture minister Gennaro Sangiuliano.

“There are so few left to bear witness, who can say, ‘I was at Binario 21,’” said Mrs Segre. “I’m very grateful to see this before I die.”

Mrs Segre, was one of the 776 Italian children sent to Auschwitz, only 25 of whom survived.

On arrival, she was separated from her father, Alberto, who was killed shortly afterwards.

Her mother had died when she was a baby.

She went public about her internment in Auschwitz in the 1990s and since then has become well-known in Italy for her Holocaust education work. In 2018, she was made a life senator by Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Death threats followed and since 2019 she’s had a police escort — the oldest person in Europe to have one.

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