Reflections on the “toponomastic memory” of Italian migrants in West Germany in the 1960s

Francesco Vizzarri

Toponyms frequently constitute the backbone of migrant stories, give them substance and coherence. But above all, they are ingrained anchor points in their archipelago of memoirs, which are often vague and confused. This kind of memory (or better, memories) – which I tentatively define as “toponomastic” – gives important information on migrant biographies in relation to mechanisms of space perception.

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Interview with Elena Peloso and Dario Dalla Mura, directors of the film “Lassú in Germania”

Elena Peloso and Dario Dalla Mura during their work

How did you come up with the subject migration to Germany? What were your interests?

We are a non-profit association that has been making documentaries about history and memory for 13 years. In recent years we have also been interested in issues and problems related to work and through that we came across the memory of the Verona Emigration Center and at the same time we met the historical researcher Elia Morandi and his work “Governing emigration”. The idea was born with him.

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