The Guardia di Finanza and the Community of Ebolirecall the major’s sacrifice Vincenzo Giudice, awarded the Gold Medal for Military Valor.
The story of Vincenzo Giudice
The non-commissioned officer, a veteran of the First World War, was serving in Tuscany. It was ccommander of the Coastal Brigade of Carrara. Here he brutally lost his life at the hands of the Nazis.
On September 16, 1944, a German soldier was killed in the hamlet of Bergiola Foscalina. Immediate retaliation by the SS and the fascists of the Black Brigade “Mai Morti”. The militias gathered at the elementary school with the intent of killing the elderly, women and children. Among them were also Vincenzo Giudice’s wife and two children.
The useless sacrifice
The commander immediately went to the scene, introduced himself to the commander of the German formation, and offered his life in exchange for that of the hostages. The Nazi officer refused the proposal, arguing that war laws prohibited the military from making such gestures. Judge, then, stripped off his uniform, declared himself civil and asked once again to be sacrificed in place of the other people.
A proposal once again rejected: fu immediately shot, but 72 other people were killed together with him, including his wife and children Marcello and Anna Maria aged 16 and 17who also suffered the contempt of the corpse..
For that gesture Vincenzo Giudice was awarded the gold medal for military valor, the highest honor of the Republic. Today, on the occasion of the 78th anniversary of the massacre, a ceremony was held in the presence of the mayor of Eboli, Mario Conte, and the Campania Regional Commander of the Guardia di Finanza, Division General Giancarlo Trotta, accompanied by Mrs. Fernanda Giudice, nephew of the military.CopyAMP code
A laurel wreath was placed in front of the monument erected in his memory, in Piazza della Repubblica.