What were the consequences?

After the massacre: the homecoming of the survivors

Attilio Comastri returns home at the end of the war and looks for his house in La Creda from where he had escaped during the day of the massacre. Like many other witnesses he tells of the presence of mines located under the corpses.

After the liberation I returned home in May. I was returning from the liberated Italy, from Rome. I had a few clothes under my arm and a little bread and cheese. I walked for a long time and finally I found myself at the beginning of the valley. Along the horizon, as far as my eyes could see, not a single house was standing, not one bell tower was visible near or far......fields, uncultivated, covered with wild weeds, there were huge holes in the fields, filled with black muddy water; burnt woods, damaged plants; debris, dust, stones, crushed tree branches. Over everything there was a dense, heavy, real silence, and the unbearable stink of the unburied corpses. The sky, unbelievably, was empty, without a bird. (…)Even worse when I got close to where I once lived I had to sit on the rubble with my head in my arms and betweeen my knees. A task awaited me; to search and find the remains of my massacred relatives and give them an honourable burial. I knew where they were: scattered around me between the stones and the burnt rubble of La Creda (one of the village involved in the massacre in the Reno Valley). (...) On the 17th May I started burying them with help from other people. But between the bones and the debris we saw something which we had not recognised at first: it was a mine.It prevented us from burying our dead. During our various attempts to explode it, I injured a leg. After the mine exploded I could finally bury my dead. I recognized them solely from the places where the bones were scattered.

Source: Renato Giorgi, Marzabotto speaks, Marsilio, Bologna 1955,:

This book was the first collection of testimonies from the survivors. As such it is an important document of public memory.