On October 16, 1943, the roundup of the ghetto of Rome took place. Many families and 212 deported children experienced the atrocity
The roundup of Rome is one of the saddest episodes in the history of our country. That night of October 16 the horror began for many families
The roundup of the ghetto in Rome, the testimonies of children
They were children and teenagers at the time, but each of them, the few still alive, remembers very well everything that happened that night and the indelible images are imprinted in their memory and that of all.
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The Germans arrived at the crack of dawn to the Jewish ghetto in via Portico d’Ottavia and, in agreement with the fascists, they managed to take 1023 Jews. Of these 212 they were just gods children.
Many families were destroyed and some children came saved by their parents than them threw from Nazi trucks and made them run away. The Jews then came imprisoned in the trains of the Tiburtina station and they were sent to Auschwitz.
Among these children there was Emanuele of Porto, one of the few people still alive to have experienced this tragedy. The then 12-year-old says that his mom threw him off the truck and he managed to take refuge in a tram, where he stayed for two days. He was saved but was orphaned and he never saw his parents again. Like him, many children had the same fate and many families were destroyed.
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The heartbreaking testimonies of those who experienced that horror are part of our cultural heritage and of our historical memory, which must always be renewed through these stories, especially to young people and children, to make them understand the significance of what happened and how thousands of people and families were affected by this tragedy during World War II.
Today for the 77th anniversary celebration from the roundup of the ghetto of Rome one was organized Facebook direct with about two thousand Roman students, to whom some of the survivors spoke, including Di Porto, Mario Mieli, Vittorio Polacco, all three then children and thrown off the trucks by their mothers. Along with them too Sami Modiano, survivor of a German concentration camp.
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There testimony of these people will be for sure exciting is stimulating for children, who will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect in class on this theme it represents a wound still open for our country and especially for the Jewish community.
Did you unimamme know the events of that October 16, 1943?
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