This article analyses the Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations in Italy (January 27). It focuses primarily on three aspects: 1. The discrepancies between what is prescribed by the law and the actual development of commemorative practices 2. The dialectic between institutions and civil society in the management of public memory 3. The role of schools and the media, which I argue are the cornerstones of that commemorative mechanism. The conclusions present more wide-ranging considerations on the way Holocaust memory operates, underlining how its strength and vitality are manifested, perhaps paradoxically, through analogies that are often distortive and extreme, but revealing of its centrality in contemporary imagination.
Keywords: Holocaust Memory, January 27