Fossoli (Emilian: Fòsel) is an Italian village and hamlet (frazione) of Carpi, a city and municipality of the province of Modena, Emilia-Romagna. It is famous for the homonym concentration camp and has a population of about 4400.[1]

Fossoli
View of the nature reserve "Oasi La Francesca"
View of the nature reserve "Oasi La Francesca"
OSM map of Fossoli also indicating the concentration camp and the nature reserve's entrance (both in the upper right corner)
OSM map of Fossoli also indicating the concentration camp and the nature reserve's entrance
(both in the upper right corner)
Fossoli is located in Italy
Fossoli
Fossoli
Location of Fossoli in Italy
Coordinates: 44°49′20″N 10°53′25″E / 44.82222°N 10.89028°E / 44.82222; 10.89028Coordinates: 44°49′20″N 10°53′25″E / 44.82222°N 10.89028°E / 44.82222; 10.89028
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
ProvinceModena (MO)
ComuneCarpi
Area
 • Total22.10 km2 (8.53 sq mi)
Elevation
22 m (72 ft)
Population
 (2016)[1]
 • Total4,404
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Fossolesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
41012
Dialing code(+39) 059

HistoryEdit

Born as a rural village, Fossoli became sadly famous during World War II, for the concentration camp located near the settlement. Created in 1942 as a Prisoner of War (PoW) camp, in 1943 it became a concentration camp for Jews, during the Italian Social Republic.[2][3]

GeographyEdit

Fossoli lies on a plain, next to the Province of Reggio Emilia, between Carpi (5 km south) and Novi di Modena (8 km north). It is crossed by the provincial highway SP413 and, in the west, by the Verona–Mantua–Modena railway, on which stood a station, now closed. The village is 27 km from Modena, 32 from Reggio Emilia, 51 from Mantua, and 68 from Bologna.[4]

Next to Fossoli is located the WWF nature reserve "Oasi La Francesca", a marsh that extends for 23 hectares.[5]

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External linksEdit

  Media related to Fossoli at Wikimedia Commons