Italians in Casalecchio di Reno have dedicated a park with the name of Costa Rica and in memory of the young Costa Rican physician who fought against the Nazis with Italian partisans and was executed.
The foreign ministry reported on the creation and dedication of the park. The ministry said that the park, República de Costa Rica, also represents Italy’s recognition of this country’s tradition of peace and democracy.
Some former partisans and a number of Costa Ricans resident in Italy attended the ceremony, said the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto. Also there was Costa Rica’s ambassador, Jaime Feinzaig
The young physician was Carlos Collado Martínez, who was executed along with 12 Italian partisans Oct. 10, 1944.
Collado began his studies in 1938 in Bologna. He was a student of Professor Armando Businco, according to a summary of his life released last October on the anniversary of his execution.
He appears to have been an excellent student and won a major prize for his graduation thesis.
After Businco was arrested by the facists, Collado was detained and interrogated. The experience was enough to radicalize him and he joined the 63º Brigada Bolero Garibaldi as a doctor, according to the Associazione Nazionale d’Amicizia Costa Rica.
He was captured with other partisans, tortured and then killed in the plaza of Casalecchio di Reno. There is a monument there now commemorating the sacrifices.