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San Sabba Rice Mill

San Sabba Rice Mill

presented by Francesca Pitacco

Thursday, January 26 at 6pm CT

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago


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On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, in collaboration with the American Jewish Committee, presents the history of the San Sabba Rice Mill, the only Italian Nazis camp with a crematory oven. 


Francesca Pitacco, designated expert of the San Sabba Rice Mill Commission nominated by the City of Trieste, will analyze the historical context that led to the development of the camp in Trieste, all the way to the construction of its National Monument. To better understand the time when the Rice Mill was active as a concentration camp (1943-45) the presentation will be followed by the projection of a short documentary video, which includes historical photographic documentation and testimonies of people who had been deported there. 




pitacco headshot vFrancesca Pitacco, born and based in Trieste, graduated cum laude at the Udine University in Preservation of Cultural Heritage. She continued her studies with a Graduate Degree in Art History at Udine University, while pursuing a career as certified tour guide for Friuli Venezia Giulia region. In 2016 she was nominated as designated expert for the San Sabba Rice Mill Commission by the City of Trieste.  






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  • Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago