The Square of Odessa Martyrs (Piazzale Martiri di Odessa)


Ceriano Laghetto

The Ceriano Laghetto (Monza, Italy) commune named a square in honour of the people who died in Odessa during the Nazi occupation and the victims of the 2014 Odessa massacre:

The parking lot of the post office in Via Volta is called the Square of Odessa martyrs in the memory of the terrible massacre of Jewish citizens which took place in that Ukrainian city between 22 and 24 October, 1941, when a number between 25,000 and 34,000 Jews were killed or burned alive in retaliation by the Romanian and German occupation forces, [as well as] the much more recent episode of 2 May, 2014, when in this Black Sea port city several dozen unarmed pro-Russian protesters (who found refuge in the Trade Unions House to escape clashes with the supporters of the self-proclaimed Kiev government) were killed. The House was surrounded, its doors were locked and then set on fire.

Il parcheggio dell’Ufficio postale di via Volta, prende il nome di “Piazzale martiri di Odessa”, volendo in questo modo ricordare sia il terribile massacro di cittadini ebrei avvenuto in quella città dell’attuale Ucraina tra il 22 e il 24 ottobre 1941, quando un numero compreso tra 25.000 e 34.000 ebrei vennero uccisi o bruciati vivi per rappresaglia dalle forze di occupazione rumene e tedesche, sia il ben più recente episodio del 2 maggio 2014, quando nella città portuale del Mar Nero, hanno perso la vita diverse decine di persone, manifestanti filorussi disarmati, che si erano rifugiate nel Palazzo del sindacato per sfuggire agli scontri con i sostenitori del Governo autoproclamato di Kiev. Il palazzo è stato circondato, le sue porte bloccate e successivamente dato alle fiamme.

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2 thoughts on “The Square of Odessa Martyrs (Piazzale Martiri di Odessa)

  1. Remember the scene from the film The Battleship Potemkin where these soldiers shoot and kill a number of people on these steps in Odessa in 1905? Was that based on a true story?

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    1. Soldiers were shooting at looters (rioting mob). The rebels’ sympathizers (aka ‘peaceful protesters’) were gone when looters came. Unfortunately, the Soviet myth is as Russophobic as its Western analogue. Remember what Lenin said about Russians?.. I should write a post about it in relation to Ukrainian historical mythology.

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