MIDO, VEDERE, MY FATHER AND I
Returning to a Mido in attendance not only bring me great enthusiasm but also many emotions. Numerous causes. The organisers told me that VEDERE will be among the businesses that will receive an award because they have exhibited at the Milan show for 50 editions. Half a century of Mido but our magazine goes back much further than that because it will be 70 years old in 2023. These upcoming events combined with the dramatic situation we are experiencing, the war in conjunction with the pandemic, made me think of my father, the man who conceived and produced VEDERE in 1953. And of his life before VEDERE. So similar to what many other people are going through now. Persecuted and a refugee. What he experienced came back powerfully to my memory when, through those unexpected instances in life, my sister and I were contacted from Greece where they were making a docu-film about the massacre of the Jews in Thessaloniki and the stories of nine students from the Italian high school in that city, including my father, who fortunately survived. The idea came from a book (on the cover of which he is also a young boy) published, unfortunately only in Greek, on the Holocaust in Thessaloniki, which is unknown to most people, and from the research carried out by a former professor of the high school who had found the students’ documents in the archives. This ended a few weeks ago with a flight to Athens where we attended the official premiere of the film. You can imagine how moved I was. Few people remember my father Claudio Morpurgo, who passed away 32 years ago, but I would like to write these lines in his memory as a wish for the next MIDO, hoping it will bring back the enthusiasm that he had and that he transmitted to me.
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