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Front cover of the Italian sports magazine “Guerin Sportivo”, after the Heysel Stadium Disaster on 29 May 1985. Just before the start of the European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus, a large group of Liverpool supporters breached a fence separating them from a “neutral area” which contained rival Juventus fans. The wall collapsed under the pressure, 39 Juventus fans died and 600 were injured. The tragedy in itself and the media coverage of the “Heysel” changed the perception of football and the relation between sports and violence. This turning point was significantly remarked by the term “Holocaust”, used here to connote an epoch-making Event. In the same year, the release of Claude Lanzmann’s film Shoah contributed to introduce in Europe the Hebrew term “Shoah” as the new word for “Holocaust”.


Front cover of “La Domenica del Corriere” (illustrated Sunday supplement of the Italian daily newspaper “Corriere della Sera”, and one of the most popular Italian magazines between the 1900s and the 1960s). This issue (March 29, 1964) features a love story tragically interrupted by the war and the deportation. “We gave a face and a name to the unknown heroine of Auschwitz”, reads the cover story. The visual design reproduces a “melodrama pattern” that can be also found, for example, in the Yugoslavian poster of Kapò (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1959), one of the first European films to deal with the concentration camps.