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The World Remembers: Why remember Italy’s 1915 -­1918 history?



The World Remembers:  Why remember Italy’s 1915 -­1918 history?

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Why remember Italy’s 1915 -­1918 history?

A presentation by award-winning Canadian actor R H Thomson and Amos Conti of ISTORECO Reggio Emilia

Wednesday, January 12 | 3:00PM EST (12:00PM PST)
Online via ZOOM | Free Event | Registration Required




The World Remembers is about more than war, loss, victory or defeat; it has been and is about our common humanity and what we all need to learn from our collective world history…. this annual event makes history human and real, and reminds each and every one of us of the debt we owe others, the cost of freedom and the benefit of peace.

Hon. Hugh D Segal, OC.OOnt, CD Former Principal Massey College, Toronto 

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto presents a unique online event that is as touching as it is informative. The loss of hundreds of thousands of young Italians in WWI is rarely remembered, having been buried by stories of British, French, Canadians and Germans in the trenches of the western front. The dramatic events of the war in Italy, the multiple cultural identities of those who lived on the borders of Austro-Hungary affected hundreds of thousands of Italian families. Our question is why should a Canadian project in 2022 set out to remember them by name? In the northeast, particularly in the region Friuli Venezia Giulia, the suffering of soldiers and civilians was unspeakable.

The project “The World Remembers” wishes to summon these lost men from history’s shadows by individually naming them in public for the first time. The award-winning Canadian actor R H Thomson will tell of his journey to build this personal commemoration and his search for the Italian soldiers’ names. “The World Remembers” allows families to search for their relative’s names, find information about them, and when their family’s name will appear in a display in Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum. Through Amos Conti, we will hear of the breakthrough with ISTORECO Reggio Emilia that may bring 530,000 Italian names back into the public eye after a hundred years.


thomson rhIn 2015, Canadian stage and screen actor RH Thomson was awarded the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010 and has been given an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College, University of Toronto. He has appeared in theatres across Canada and has filmed in Canada, the US, Greece and the Czech Republic most recently in Chloe directed by Atom Egoyan. He has earned Gemini, Genie, Dora and Merritt awards for his work and directed The Crucible at Theatre Calgary and performed in The Message by Jason Sherman and This Was The World by Ellie Moon, both directed by Richard Rose at the Tarragon Theatre Toronto. He played Matthew Cuthbert in the CBC/NETFLIX series Anne With An E for which he received two Canadian Screen Awards. As well as being an advocate for the arts, Mr. Thomson has worked on many history/education/arts projects. For the First World War Centenary, he built The World Remembers-Le Monde Se Souvient, an international WWI Commemoration exhibit with twenty-one participating nations, that is now installed at the Canadian War Museum -


Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Time: At 12:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

Entrance : Free


Online via Zoom