World Holocaust Day – the Jewish Quarter in Rome

As we remember D-Day, let us also remember what we were fighting for – and why we must all stand together against prejudice and persecution.


World Holocaust Day is on Sunday 27 January, when the world will remember those who died in the Holocaust.

The date commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – the camp was the largest of the Nazi death machine and residents of the Jewish ghetto in Rome were among those who were transported and died at the hands of the Nazis.  If you visit the Jewish area of Rome, you will see plaques on the buildings remembering those who once lived there and were transported to death camps during WWII.

The Jewish Quarter in Rome (Ghetto di Roma) is one of the oldest Jewish communities outside the Holy Land, dating from 1555 and pre-dating the historic Diaspora (meaning Jews living outside Israel), which separated the Jewish community into Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. Ashkenazi Jews are thought to be of Eastern European or Germanic origin, while Sephardic Jews are thought to emanate from…

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