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Monte Sole Peace School

We need to face our past and learn from it. It’s the only way to avoid repeating it. This is the idea Louis and Luisa took away from their emotional visit to the Historic Park of Monte Sole.  

The Monte Sole Park was set up to remember the worst massacre of civilians in Italy during the Second World War. For three days in late September 1944, the Waffen-SS and their fascist collaborators spread terror in the area where the park now stands. They burnt down houses, killed 770 villagers, of whom 216 were children, 316 women and 142 aged over 60.  

Taking this gruesome part of history as its starting point, the Peace School invites people of all ages on a journey of self-discovery and reflection. It engages with people in countries around the world about active citizenship, non-violent conflict resolution, the respect of human rights and peaceful co-existence.

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