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Mattmark: l’amara favola dimenticata

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2014
Author Ricciardi Toni,
Project Mattmark, 50 après. Une analyse socio-historique
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Studi Emigrazione/Migration Studies
Volume (Issue) 51(196)
Page(s) 617 - 630
Title of proceedings Studi Emigrazione/Migration Studies


On August 30 1965, a mass of two million cubic meters of ice and debris detached from Allalin Glacier in Switzerland, burying 88 of the technicians and workers engaged in the construction of the Mattmark dam. The fiftieth anniversary of the commemoration is coming and this article aims to contribute to the analysis of an event which is crucial in order to understand the changes that followed the disaster, both in Switzerland and in Italy, in society, media, politics, as well as in work and environmental safety. The immanent tragedy of Mattmark in these years has been removed from the collective memory and this essay intends to give back the right weight to the forgotten Marcinelle.