Maria Grazia Collela
Cimitero delle Porte Sante
Basilica di San Miniato a Monte
Maria Grazia Collela was born in 12 February, 1922, and Mario Mazzone was born 28 November, 1919, and sometime during the Second World War they were married, possibly in Florence. Mario was a radio operator in the Regia Aeronautica (the Italian Air force), and died on 22 July, 1944, in or near Hamm, Germany. In September of 1943 the Italians ousted Mussolini from power and switched sides, joining the Allies in their war against Germany and Japan. So why was Mario in Hamm, Germany, some ten months later? Was he one of the units that remained loyal to the Germans? Or was he one of the many Italians taken as POWS by the Germans when Italy switched sides? We do know that on the day Mario died a group of U.S. B-24 bombers struck the rail yards at Hamm, Germany, inflicting serious damage. Was he killed during that raid?
And his widow? Maria died on 31 May, 1945, barely ten months after Mario’s death.
In prossimità della Basilica di San Miniato a Monte sorge il cimitero delle Porte Sante. Cimitero monumentale per eccellenza della città dove riposano in pace molti personaggi illustri che hanno fatto storia in Firenze e in molte parti del mondo. Qui riposano personaggi illustri della moda, storici, politici, musicisti tra i quali: Le Monnier, Enrico Coveri, Mario Cecchi Gori, Libero Andreotti, Gaetano Salvemini e molti altri.
Near the Basilica of San Miniato a Monte is the cemetery of the Holy doors. Monumental cemetery of the city where many rest in peace famous personalities who have made history in Florence and in many parts of the world. Here were buried famous people of fashion, historians, politicians, musicians, among them: Le Monnier, Enrico Coveri, Mario Cecchi Gori, Libero Andreotti, Gaetano Salvemini and many others.