Holocaust Memorial, Piazza Ostiense

We just came across this memorial on the way to the subway. It’s very much part of the environment with mirrors that include the viewer. A simple but powerful monument. In 1943, there were 12,000 Jews living in Rome. The Germans occupied Rome and demanded a ransom for every Jew to keep them from being deported. The money was delivered but the deportation order came anyway. Only 1800 Roman Jews were deported because ordinary Romans objected (except for Pope Pius XII who was silent) and so 10,000 Jews survived the war.

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