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Sound the Alarm!
Where is Parthenope?

Translated Jeff Matthews

Almost one year has passed and as yet we have heard nothing of the air-raid siren of Naples, Parthenope, survivor of the bombardments inflicted on the city in the Second World War.
Has she been stolen?
Has she been “relieved of her command” in order to wind up in a museum?
If that is the case, what's the name of the museum and where is it?
If those who removed the siren did so for the purpose of restoring it and putting it on display, why haven't they said anything? Keeping it all quiet is ill-considered and, frankly, stupid. The siren is so small that it could have been restored in place without the need to detach it from the historical support mounting. Be that as it may, the fact remains that someone—well-intentioned or not—removed the siren without saying anything at all to the citizens of Naples.
Does that seem proper to you?
We're talking about an object that served to warn the citizenry of impending air-raids and to warn them to get to the nearest shelters. It's a precious object in the context of a war that only a few wanted in the first place. And it is still precious today to serve as an historical reminder, and you can't just simply erase it.
Maybe 70 years have passed, but maybe that's even more reason to keep reminding ourselves that peace and not war is the greatest good.
It seems that no one is paying any attention at all.
What does the First Citizen of the city, the mayor, have to say?
Who will speak up to have Parthenope returned to her place?

Gianluca Padovan

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