Museum of deportation in Prato
On 29th November, our class went to visit the museum of deportation in Prato.
It took us 20 minutes to get to the station of Prato. From there we took the bus to Figline di Prato where the museum is located. The Museum of Deportation is a place of remembrance,
dedicated to the memory of what happened in the Nazi concentration camps.
It was inaugurated in 2002 in Figline, where, on 6th September 1944, 29 partisans were hung by a retreating Wehrmacht unit.
There we met the guide, Enrico, who explained us how people lived in Italy during the Second World War. Enrico showed us also a video about Roberto Castellani who was
one of the 136 Prato-born partisans that were deported to the Nazi concentration camps, following a strike in the city in March 1944 that immobilized
the textile industry. They were deported to the concentration camp of Mauhausen in Austria and its sub-camps of Ebensee, Gusen and Melk.
The museum looks also at the story of millions of men and women, caught in roundups all over Europe, deported for racial or political reasons, according to the plan for the enslavement and annihilation of entire peoples set in
motion during World War II by the Third Reich.
We saw numerous original utensils and objects like cups, beds, shoes and everyday life objects which were donated to the city of Prato by ANED (National Association of Ex-Deportees).
We really liked the visit because it was very interesting and we recommend it to everyone
Giovanni & Eslida
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9:30am to 12:30pm; and Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, also from 3pm to 6pm; Closed on Tuesday;
Summer closure from July 27 to August 28.
Disabled access: Yes
via di Cantagallo 250
Figline di Prato
Tel. 0574 470728 (museum); 0574461655 (documentation centre)
Sito web: http://deportazione.po-net.prato.it/