Siete quiGiuseppe Minuto
After the Armistice of 8th September 1943 armed and civil resistance developed in this war torn land as a result of the harsh German occupation and increasingly difficult living conditions. This resistance won the Province of Massa-Carrara the Medaglia d’Oro al Valor Militare (the Gold Medal for Military Valour) and the Medaglia d’Oro al Merito Civile (the Gold Medal for Civilian Merit) for the Comune di Massa (Massa’s Town Council). In memory of this the Council and the European Community have reawakened these memories.
Giuseppe Minuto, a young student of 19, belonged to the group “Patrioti Apuani”. During the night of the 31st of July 1944 he was a volunteer in an action against the prison in via Pellegrini. The aim of the action, which had been planned with the complicity of the Guardie di Pubblica Sicurezza serving at the prison, and followed a trouble free raid a few days earlier, was to secure supplies useful to the partisans.
The partisans, about twenty men from various detachments, met a reaction far from that expected. The guards ambushed them from the walkways inside the prison walls. They were probably fascist militia, and the partisans were met by hand-grenades. Giuseppe Minuto took the full force of one and died. His body was recovered by his family the next day. He was posthumously awarded the Medaglia d’Argento al Valor Militare (the Silver Medal for Military Valour).
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