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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, October 17, 2013

Rome can never shake off its Nazi shame

Italy paid tribute to the victims of National Socialism on Wednesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Rome's Jews. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marion also attended the ceremony held at the Great Synagogue in Rome. This tragedy should never be forgotten, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera admonishes: "The 16 October 1943 is a day of absolute, irrevocable shame. ... Rome and Italy have never wanted to deal with the profound significance of this tragedy. ... An awkward silence surrounds this day because everyone - Romans, Italians, civilians, resistance fighters, neighbours, colleagues - helplessly, or in some cases impassively, looked on while this immense tragedy unfolded. This day of shame must never again be ignored. It is a duty of remembrance to commemorate the deportation not just on its 70th anniversary, but also 71, 72 and so on years after the fact. A tiny attempt to make amends for a disgrace that was committed but that has not been acknowledged until today."

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