TENERE ALTA LA BANDIERA. Andrea Boscardin/Arianna Sanesi

14 dicembre 2010 | Micro

TENERE ALTA LA BANDIERA! (Partisans, part 3 of 4.)

Elonora “Nori” Brambilla Pesce: born in Milan on August 27, 1923. She is the President
of the ex-persecuted anti-Fascists in Milano and head of the Commission ANPI female.

“Nori”, as her husband Giovanni Pesce (the gold medal for valor) called her, or ”Sandra”, nom de guerre, participated in the resistance in Milano as a “courier” for a group of “gappisti” lead by her husband “Mink”, she was imprisoned for this and tortured and saw freedom only on April 25, 1945.

Elio tell us that, having to stay hidden because of rastrellamenti, he ran away during the night to meet his friends and play piano covering the keyboard with material: half a music for a complete youth.

Giuseppe met his enemy’s nephews, whose lives he decided to spare at that time, and asked them if he would be alive now, had he been the armless one.

Stellina and Nori are strong and proud. Elio underlines that Italian Resistance wouldn’t have existed without them, the women: a Resistance made of firm legs to cycle for kilometres and hands ready to cover with new clothes those who were in the need of them.

Stellina hold us back at the door when we leave: she wants to talk about Italian Constitution, but time is over, we’ll be back.

Giuseppe hurries us up out of the door with a smile, a new newspaper is due to be at the newsstand today and he can’t wait to read it.

Memory and awareness that these people carry with them cannot, and should not, disappear into nothing.

Italy 2009, photo/video: Andrea Boscardin/Arianna Sanesi, editing: Andrea Boscardin.