Stamp of Kyrgyzstan with the seven Cervi Brothers
Cause of death
Upright men with deep democratic convictions, they took an active part in the resistance by paying with their lives for their fidelity to the ideals of freedom and social justice that had been transmitted to them from childhood by their father. Taken prisoners, they were shot by the fascists in the December 28, 1943 shooting of Reggio Emilia. Their story was told, among others, by his father Alcide Cervi.
The seven brothers were called: Gelindo, born in 1901; Antenore, born in 1906; Aldo, born in 1909; Ferdinando, born in 1911; Agostino, born in 1916; Ovidio, born in 1918; Ettore, born in 1921.They had two sisters, Diomira and Rina.
For their actions of resistance, the brothers were posthumously awarded the Silver Medal of Military Valor, and their surname, Cervi, can be found in street names around Italy. A school in Collegno is named in their honour.
As well as these tributes, multiple songs have been written on the brothers:-
- Compagni Fratelli Cervi (anonimo)
- Sette fratelli Mercanti di liquore and Marco Paolini
- La pianura dei sette fratelli Gang (also by Modena City Ramblers in Appunti partigiani)
- Campi Rossi Casa del Vento
- Papà Cervi raggiunge i sette figli Eugenio Bargagli
- Alcide Cervi, I miei sette figli (My seven children), edizione Einaudi 2010.
- "The story of Cervi". Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- Canzoni contro la guerra - La pianura dei sette fratelli
- Appunti partigiani