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The foundation Museo e Centro di Documentazione della Deportazione e Resistenza - Luoghi della Memoria Toscana (Museum and Centre of Documentation of the Deportation and Resistence Places of commemoration Tuscany) was founded on 26 January 2007 on initiative of the city of Prato and all municipalities in the closer area - Cantagallo, Carmignano, Montemurlo, Poggio a Caiano, Vaiano and Vernio, the Pratese section of ANED (National Association of Former Deportees) and ANPI (National Association of Italian Partisans) and the Jewish Community of Florence. The Associazione per il Gemellaggio Prato-Ebensee (Association for the city partnership Prato-Ebensee) is a supporting member. On 19 February of the following year, the foundation was recognized by the Region Tuscany as a juristic personality of regional interest". In 2010 the Province of Prato joined the foundation, obtaining the status of a founding member. The foundation's purpose is the promotion of knowledge on following topics: Places of commemoration of the contemporary age and the search for historical processes which show the birth and emergence of Fascism and National Socialism in Europe; the persecution for political, racial and religious reasons; deportation and reality in concentration and extermination camps; resistance and liberation. The foundation ought to intensify knowledge about the local history, both in terms of resistance against Fascism and the liberation struggle, as well as the deportation in the province of Prato. The foundation ought to collect, preserve and enhance witness statements about the deportation and the people's movement of resistance against Fascism and National Socialism. Thus the foundation, also by intensive teaching activities for young people, wants to maintain a historical memory and foster a culture of peace and solidarity between peoples against all forms of intolerance, racism, discrimination and totalitarianism.

Legal seat

The Foundation has its legal seat in Prato (in the hamlet of Figline), in the premises of the Documentation Centre in Via di Cantagallo 250.

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Via di Cantagallo, 250 - 59100 Prato (Loc. Figline), Tel. + 39 0574-470728, Tel e fax +39 0574-461655