My research project will concentrate on the impact and significance of oral history in Italy, particularly highlighting fascist Italy. Oral history is passed on by the act of storytelling. This can be through family members transferring their stories onto generations or friends or acquaintances sharing their view of events that eventually reach other listeners. This ritual of storytelling is unique due to the fact that each individual narrating the story has their own perspective of the events they witnessed or experienced and it may differ from others who experienced the same historical events. Oral story telling allows a person the opportunity to speak their truth. This is especially significant to those individuals who could not express their frustration or disagreement of the treatment they endured in fascist Italy.
I will also compare and contrast some testimonies of the same events. Psychological trauma, time, strong personal views, and the influence of others can alter a person’s memory, either erasing particular events or forming false memories.