Suspended moments

Cassino talks about saving lives and works of art before the bombs on the Abbey

The memory is at the center of the “Suspended moments” project inaugurated last May 10 in Cassino, in the province of Frosinone, and visited successfully until the end of June in the new multi-purpose space of the Museo Historiale. It is a concept of storytelling and enhancement of the history and memory of the city, interpreted through rescue stories of works of art and lives marked by the tragic events that took place between September 1943 and May 1944. Suspended are the lives of those who lived those moments , quick the moments of those who, in that roar, rescued the works of art preserved in the Abbey of Montecassino before the devastating bombing of February 15, 1944. A story with several voices through a live show and a visit itinerary interactive and immersive that starting from the Atelier in Via San Marco moved in the city and reached the magnificent Abbey. Diaries, writings, texts, newspaper articles, memoirs, photos, videos, interviews: the material collected and selected is in large quantities. Still pulsating material that “Suspended moments” has made alive and has returned to the visitors to keep even today the memory of those moments, those terrible months of fire, death and devastation on the Gustav line: the Germans above, the Americans below. Cassino tells itself, therefore, why at least one word remains among the rubble. Each narrative is a testament to everything that has been. Each story is a fragment of a memory that must be preserved. Every life is a work of art. During the Second World War the Abbey of Montecassino was one of the places identified to preserve part of the Italian heritage from the German raid and bombs; but in October 1943 this certainty falters since the site will then be hit by the Allies. A painful story made of crucial moments and tormented decisions that have allowed to save a large part of that treasure and to be able to return it, after the war, to the Italian and world community. The history of Cassino leads us in parallel to think of all the cities that even today are razed to the ground by the war, where cultural and social heritage is buried under the rubble and, perhaps, lost forever. This is why this project becomes a “door of memory”, a journey to live memories and interpret the present, in order to act better on tomorrow.