On 9 May 2022, Liberation Route Europe was presented at the Italian Chamber of Deputies during the Plenary Meeting of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Liberation Route Europe is a certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 2019.
Carlo Puddu, LRE Italy Managing Director, and Mirco Carrattieri, President of the LRE Italy Historical Advisory Board, represented the Liberation Route Europe at a joint hearing about two reports on culture, heritage and remembrance, in the presence of Tiny Kox, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Committee members.
The framework of the first report, entitled ‘The Cultural Routes: a platform for intercultural dialogue’ and chaired by Andries Gryffroy (Belgium), was the occasion to present the Liberation Route Europe as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. The second report, ‘The role of sites of remembrance: places of commemoration and education for democratic citizenship’, chaired by Roberto Rampi (Italy), discussed remembrance and history teaching challenges. Liberation Route Europe representatives shared their perspectives on WWII remembrance issues in Europe, together with colleagues from ATRIUM and the European Routes of Jewish Heritage, two other certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.
As part of the hearing, Italian Senator and Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre sent a meaningful and poignant letter which was read to the assembly. Contributing to the Plenary Meeting of PACE was an excellent opportunity to present Liberation Route Europe at an international level, discussing the most pressing issues on the topic of remembrance, education and heritage promotion.