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Prize Being Offered for Musical Work As Memorial to Nazi Victims

July 28, 1980
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A gold medal and a 2 million Lire prize are being offered for the best musical work with text to be composed as a memorial to the victims of the 1944 Ardeatine Caves massacre. The Nazi atrocity, one of the worst to occur in Italy, involved the mass murder of several hundred residents of Rome, about a third of them Jews, who were herded into the caves and shot to death under the command of SS Col. Herbert Kappler in reprisal for an Italian partisan ambush of Nazi soldiers on a street in Rome.

The prize is being offered by the Italian Radio and Television Network (RAI) and the National Association of Families of Martyrs, under the sponsorship of the President of the Italian Council of Ministers. The deadline for entries is December 15, 1980. The competition is limited to Italian composers. The winning composition will be performed by the RAI Chorus on March 24, 1981.

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