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Liberation Route Europe opens up to Italy

Following the international development of its trail, Liberation Route Europe (LRE) has expanded its activities towards Italy. Earlier this year, representatives of the LRE met several Italian partners to strengthen the Italian position in the international field of the World War II heritage. The start of this Italian passage will follow the famous Gustav Line that crosses the Abruzzo and Lazio regions.

Thanks to the support of the Gustav Line association and the war museum ‘Historiale di Cassino’, the Liberation Route Europe will get the chance to present its project to the Abruzzo stakeholders of the remembrance sector. Together they will explore how to implement the LRE project in their regions. Victoria van Krieken, director of the Liberation Route Europe Foundation, “very delighted with this next step in promoting vital message of freedom and liberation throughout Europe”. “For us, it is very important to have Italy involved in our international network. With the association of the Gustav line now the Liberation Route Europe opens the Southern European part of this transnational trail.”

Unusual cooperation
The LRE also took part in commemorative festivities. Among them is the presentation of ‘The Unexpected Alliance’ (L’Alleanza Inaspettata). This shows unique images of the collaboration between British paratroopers, Special Forces, war prisoners and European civilians during the Second World War. During the event key speakers from international museums, research institutions and authorities discussed this unexpected alliance. In Abruzzo, the LRE attended official commemorations of the liberation of Italy.

Later on, a meeting with remembrance stakeholders took place in the Lazio region to discuss how to carry out  the ‘Liberation Route Italy – Gustav Line’ project.

Liberation Route Europe
The Liberation Route Europe follows in the footsteps of the Western Allies in 1944 and 1945. The remembrance trail runs through Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Poland. Experience the personal stories of the time and reflect on the price that was paid for a free Europe. The Liberation Route Europe consists of a network including relevant museums, tourism organisations, governments and historians. Together, they want to keep the memory of World War II alive. You can find out more about the struggle for freedom on the website and app, available in five languages. For more information, see

Liberation Route Europe receives financial support from the Dutch organisation vfonds (the Dutch National Foundation for Peace, Freedom and Veteran Support) and the EU.


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