07 Feb Holocaust Remembrance Day in Italy
The last few weeks in Italy were marked by a number of special events which were particularly meaningful for the local Bnei Anousim communities spread out among the southern region of the country. Part of these events were related to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and were intended to honor the memory of those killed during World War II. No wonder the location was chosen next to the infamous Ferramonti di Tarcia in Calabria – the largest of fifteen internment camps established by the Mussolini regime.
The first ceremony was held in the Morelli Theatre of Cosenza with participation of several speakers who belong to various public organizations. Another conference took place in Ferramonti Memorial Museum. Among the speakers were Dr. Patrizia Spadafora, Dr. Anna Golotta, Virginia Holper Monis, as well as Roque Pugliese, the representative of the Napoli Jewish community that is in charge of the smaller groups of Jews of the region. The third location was the city of Reggio, Palazzo della Regione Sala Calipari. The events were attended by both Jews and non-Jews from all over Italy, among them some 500 students of local universities and colleges, and 150 police cadets.
Also, this weekend was remarkable for the Sardinian community of Cagliari who had an exciting Shabbaton with intensive studies together with Shavei Israel’s emissary to the region, Eitan della Rocca. Previously we wrote about this small but vibrant Bnei Anousim community and its history. Eitan delivered lectures devoted to parshat hashavua and Jewish studies and organized Shabbos activities for the participants.