Today our 5 liceo from Collegio Castelli and Collegio Ballerini have walked through central Milan to discover an important moment of our past with the help of an engaging English guide.
Since Etruscan times, the fasces lictoriae have been an important symbol of strength through unity in Western culture.
This symbol, however, acquired a unique meaning in the years 1919-1945, when it was used by Benito Mussolini and his followers in the Italian Fascist Party, whose name itself derives from the Latin expression. In a 'fascio', or bundle, all individuals are lined up in the same direction, with the same purpose, and achieve power through unity.
But who decides the direction? And what happens to individuals that do not wish to line up in the same direction as the others?
The Fascist party in Italy solved these 'problems' with many means: persuasion, propaganda, censorship, oppression, and violence.
Our walk through central Milan has given us the opportunity to recall these events, and to understand how anti-fascism responded.