Falcone and Borsellino honored in New York city

May 05, 2024 628

BY: Davide Ippolito

In the prestigious setting of the Italian School of New York Guglielmo Marconi, led by Michael Cascianelli, a special day was held for middle and high school students to commemorate two symbols in the fight against the mafia: Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, on the sad anniversary of the Capaci Massacre.

Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino are not just names in Italian history, but embody values of courage, integrity, and civic engagement. To fully understand the significance of these figures, students at the Guglielmo Marconi Italian School participated in a meeting with two experts in the field: Prof. Antonio Nicaso and Prof. Rosario G. Scalia.

Prof. Nicaso, a mafia historian and author of various works on the subject, shared his extensive experience and personal anecdotes with the students, urging them to look to the future with high ambitions and never compromise in the face of the mafia. The meeting was led by Prof. Scalia, a professor in the Italian department at Rutgers - State University of New Jersey, who moderated the event and also provided a personal testimony, recalling his childhood in Catania and the constant shadow of the mafia over the city. He highlighted how phrases such as "don't worry, the mafiosi only kill each other" or "killings only happen in the south" or "only in Italy" contributed to creating an emotional and physical distance from people towards the mafia. He encouraged students not to turn their backs on reality, but to face it with courage and determination, without ever taking a step back.

The meeting, coordinated by Professor Cristiana Grassi, sparked great interest and participation from students, demonstrating the importance of educating young minds about civic awareness and the fight against all forms of crime.

The deaths of Falcone and Borsellino had a profound impact not only in Italy but also beyond its borders. In the United States, Giovanni Falcone is remembered as a hero, even by the FBI. A statue erected in Quantico, FBI headquarters, testifies to the respect and admiration that Americans have for the Italian judge.

The relationship between the United States and Falcone was solidified during the famous "Pizza Connection" case during the years of the Maxiprocesso in Palermo. 

Today, the collaboration between Italy and the United States in the fight against organized crime continues on these solid foundations, demonstrating that the legacy of Falcone and Borsellino remains a source of inspiration on the path to global justice and closer international cooperation.

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