Largo 16 Ottobre 1943
In the shadow of the Tempio Maggiore di Roma (Grand Synagogue of Rome) is Largo 16 Ottobre 1943, a small piazza whose name commemorates a dark moment in the history of the Eternal City,
At dawn on October 16th 1943, 1,024 Roman Jews, including 200 children, were rounded in the piazza, on the orders of the Nazis. Two days later they were sent in a sealed train to Auschwitz. Only 16 people survived: 15 men and one woman.
Two plaques in the Largo, one set up in 1964 and the other in 2001, record this terrible event.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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