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  • Medieval Jewish cemetery uncovered in Rome

    ROME (JTA) – Italian archaeologists have discovered part of the so-called Campus Iudeorum, the long-lost cemetery used by Rome’s medieval Jewish community. The discovery of 38 graves, with skeletal remains intact, was announced at a news conference this week at The National Roman Museum. A stone with part of a Hebrew inscription also was found. The…

  • ‘Piece of crap’ Hitler painting featured in Italian exhibit on madness

    ROME (JTA) – A painting by Adolf Hitler described as a “piece of crap” is on display at an exhibition in Italy on the theme of madness. Hitler’s signature is in the lower right corner of the small, untitled oil painting, which is on loan from a private German collector and has never been exhibited. The…

  • Vatican, Rome Jewish museums collaborate on menorah exhibition

    (JTA) – The Vatican Museum and the Rome Jewish Museum will hold an unprecedented joint exhibition celebrating the menorah, the candelabra that is among the most ancient and enduring symbols of Judaism. Titled “Menorah: Cult, History and Myth,” the exhibit, which took 3 1/2 years to develop, will run May 15-July 23. Some 130 paintings,…

  • State of the art Jewish museum to open outside a former shtetl in Lithuania

    (JTA) – The architects of Warsaw’s award-winning POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews will design a state of the art Jewish museum outside a former shtetl in Lithuania. The museum, slated to open in 2019, will be part of the Lost Shtetl memorial complex inaugurated in 2015 in and around the small town…

  • Italian judge: Soccer chants about Jews not hate speech

    ROME (JTA) – An Italian judge ruled that soccer fans chanting a slogan featuring the word “Jews” was not hate speech, sparking an angry response from the Jewish community. In a letter to Italy’s justice minister, Andrea Orlando, the president of the Rome Jewish community, Ruth Dureghello called the ruling earlier this month “undoubtedly an…

  • Milan marchers protest vandalism of ‘stumbling stone’ Holocaust memorial

    ROME (JTA) – A large crowd marched through central Milan as a human chain to protest the defacement of a recently placed “stumbling stone” Holocaust memorial. The marchers Saturday, estimated in the thousands, included Milan’s mayor and Italy’s justice minister. Organized largely on social media, the march led from the Stumbling Stone commemorating Jewish Holocaust…

  • Pope Francis calls for Holocaust remembrance, so ‘human tragedy never happens again’

    ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis said it is important to remember the Holocaust so it never happens again. The pope met Friday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a delegation from the European Jewish Congress. The secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, Father Norbert Hofmann, who also attended the meeting, told Vatican…

  • Vandals deface new Milan ‘stumbling stone’ Holocaust memorial

    ROME (JTA) – Vandals defaced one of the “stumbling stone” Holocaust memorials unveiled last week in Milan, covering it with black paint. The vandalism was discovered Saturday by Ornella Coen, the daughter of Dante Coen, the person commemorated by the plaque, who was deported to Auschwitz and then killed at Buchenwald on April 4, 1945. “Stumbling stones,”…

  • Hundreds of runners mark Holocaust in race past Rome Jewish sites

    ROME (JTA) – Hundreds of participants in a road race through downtown Rome commemorated the Holocaust while looking to the future. Dubbed the “Run for Mem,” Sunday’s race was among an array of events on and around International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27, the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp. The noncompetitive race was organized…

  • Rome road race to commemorate the Holocaust

    ROME (JTA) – A road race passing sites of Holocaust and Jewish remembrance in Rome will highlight events in Italy marking International Holocaust Memorial Day. The “Run for Mem” — short for Run for Remembrance: Looking Ahead — is scheduled for Jan. 22, five days before the observance of International Holocaust Memorial Day marking the anniversary…