the history

The past is, by definition, an unchangeable fact. But the knowledge of the past is something in progress, which is transformed or perfected incessantly.
Marc Bloch.

the web site

This site is dedicated to the history of our city that we want to explore in its complexity in its richness and beauty.

the meaning

The past, writes Eric Hobsbawm, is a perma-nent dimension of human consciousness, an inevitable component of the institutions, values, and other models in force in human society.
The task of historians is to analyse the nature of the past"; in society and to trace its changes and transformations.
The german artist Gunter Demnig during the stumbling stone laying in Merano, May 2012. Photos P. F.

Stumbling stones in Merano

In May 2012, the German artist Gunter Demnig came to Merano to lay 33 stumbling stones - “Stolpersteine". It was the conclusion of a project that students and teachers from four South Tyrolean schools had started a few years earlier. . .
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Merano in the second half of the 19th century. Tourist guide

History of Merano

The first traces of a stable settlement in the city area date back to the Roman age. The first mention of the city can be found in a document from 857: ". . . in loco qui dicitur Mairania. . ." The main development took place in the late Middle Ages when it became the capital of the county of Tyrol, and then in the second half of the nineteenth century when it became a tourist center of international renown.
The memorial of Verdun, France,  Photo P. F.

First World War

The centenary of the First World War was an opportunity for a comprehensive reflection on the importance of an event that disrupted European politics, society and geography. This event was then overshadowed by the Second World War, which in part disappeared from the collective memory but which also contained the premises for a great continental fraternity.
Il campo di sterminio di Auschwitz-Birkenau. Foto P.F.


The Shoah was an unprecedented event, which in the name of an ideology devoted to death tried to destroy the Jews of Europe.
We don't forget and we want to continue to investigate "how and why" all this could have happened.


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