The Italian Government decided in 1936 to level up the "Rechsensee" (near the Austrian and Swiss border) with 22m. A few villages had to disappear, one of this villages was Curon Venosta (Graun).
The villagers protested. The Second Worldwar delayed the plans for a while. There was some hope. This hope disappeared. The people had to leave their houses. They got nothing for it. They could choose. A house in the new (build) village of Curon Venosta (higher on the hill) or to leave this village and searching another house in another village in the region. 160 houses were broke down, they blew up the church building but the church tower stayed. This story ended in july 1950, the new lake was a fact. Now, the church tower in the water is a symbol.
The new village of Curon Venosta, build higher on the hill.
Even the cemetry was moved higher on the hill (so also the death people had to move...)
My daughter watching the church tower, i told her this story.
Can you imagine it that some day someone knocks on your door and says "You have to leave your house now!". Maybe Curon Venosta isn't a great drama. No people died, no people wounded. But let it be a message : Home sweet home.
The "Rechsensee", a lake with a flooded history...