Giorgia Meloni, the Italian Prime Minister, has criticized the “unforgivable silence” at a commemoration in Bazovica on Saturday for the Italians who were killed by Yugoslav partisans during World War II. She said that she had come to the National Monument to the Victims of Phobia many times as a girl and was now asking for forgiveness on behalf of Italian institutions.
Meloni also highlighted the suffering of Italians from Istria, Dalmatia, and Rijeka who left everything behind to remain Italian. She pointed out that it was their identity that they were determined to keep despite Tito’s communist regime.
At the event, Meloni was joined by Deputy Prime Minister Antonio Tajani and Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano, as well as other dignitaries from Slovenian agency STA.
In January, Meloni’s right-wing government approved the creation of a museum that will honor Istrian, Rijekan, and Dalmatian exiles who suffered under Tito’s communist dictatorship. This is a historic duty to those who suffered greatly during this time.
It is estimated that several thousand Italians were killed in Istria during World War II and its aftermath. The latest research indicates that between September 1943 and 1955, around 80-90% of Italian nationals left Istria, Rijeka, and Zadar. This represents approximately 300,000 people