Eugenio on Monte Disgrazia
Euge in front of the Studio Ponti offices. On the left, Carla Consonni
Eugenio Gentili Tedeschi was born in Turin in 1916. The same age as Franco Momigliano, a close friend of his, he graduated in architecture and left Turin to begin a promising career at Giò Ponti’s practice in Milan. After the armistice, he took refuge with his parents at La Salle, in the Aosta Valley. Arrested and imprisoned at Aosta from 13 June to 17 July 1944, he was unexpectedly released partly due to help from Carla Consonni. Immediately after his release he joined the partisans, as a member the Arturo Verraz band in the Cogne valley, where a “republic” was set up which lasted far longer than the better known Republic of Ossola. Euge’s job was to procure provisions and to design weapons: there was a plentiful supply of metal, explosives and machinery at the steel works and the coal pits. Much of the band was captured on 2 November 1944 but Euge, together with some of his fellow partisans, succeeded in escaping to France, and from there was sent on a mission to Rome. He married Isolda Felici in 1947. After the war he set up his own practice and his work in Milan includes the QT8 project, the rebuilding of the synagogue in via Guastalla and the Jewish school in via Sally Mayer. He also worked on the project for the Platform 21 Shoah Memorial at Milan’s Central Railway Station, still in progress. Additionally, he was a full professor at the Milan Polytechnic and took an active part in the work of CDEC (Contemporary Jewish Documentation Centre). He died in Milan in 2005.
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