Discovering the history around us can often help to shape a peaceful future. Short memories and an inadequate understanding of the past can cause many problems when policy responses fail to promote respectful interactions. Every person we meet has a history and is a history.
You may know about my explorations of the
experiences of people of Italian ancestry in Australia before and
during the Second World War, and especially during the First World War.
Several academic researchers, and quite a few amateur family historians
have also been researching similar topics, from a range of perspectives.
When ethnicity counts
When we know that some of our ancestors have been affected by war, it can affect our view of the world, and help us to have empathy for anyone finding themselves in a war situation in the present.
I have been watching some footage of Italian troops in the First World War, one of whom may even be my husband's grandfather.