The philosopher Carlo Michelstaedter got his hat back with a welding machine. We rejoice with him. A vile act, the one perpetrated - for the second time - by a vandalic hand. Needless to ask why. Whoever did it is moved by the deepest ignorance. And ignorance, you know, is a harbinger of damage. 

The statue - a grateful tribute to the great Gorizia - was built in 2009 by the former Councillor for Culture Antonio Devetag who had already built - not without difficulty - in the nineties, also the museum "Little Jerusalem on the Soča" in the Synagogue, where exhibitions were organized with the association Milennio, established by him and composed mainly of young people from Gorizia. Thanks to the collaboration of Marco Menato, Director of the State Library Isontina, Devetag managed to set up a small room dedicated to some of Michelstaedter's works, among which the famous and wonderful "flaming" self-portrait. It is paradoxical that the figure of Michelstaedter, who was at the centre of attention of the world's greatest philosophers at the very crowded 1987 conference "The courage of the Impossible" organized by the Province and conceived by the then President Silvio Cumpeta, is so little known and valued by the people of Gorizia themselves when it should represent - instead - the symbol of the city. A great philosopher (but also a man of letters and painter) who expressed in a Central European context his thought declined to the contrast between persuasion and rhetoric. A Jew from Gorizia who deeply loved Gorizia, a city that should emphasize its figure. How? By making it the subject of study and deepening in the city and province schools. To tell the truth it seems that, in his hometown, the great philosopher is destined to oblivion. Unfortunately, few young people, even if they live in the now ex-province, know the history of Gorizia and that of the many characters that the city has expressed in many cultural fields. A story full of facts that has seen Gorizia itself an illustrious protagonist. A story that must be taught at three hundred and fifty degrees in the schools of Gorizia to give back to the young people of Gorizia the pride of belonging to a city that has contributed in a decisive way to the development of culture and arts in Italy and Central Europe.

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