Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Italian Holocaust Museum Shut by Quakes

The museum, memorial and grounds of the World War II internment and transit camp at Fossoli, in northern Italy, has been closed to visitors since suffering severe damage in twin earthquakes.

Quakes on May 20 and May 30 killed at least 24 people, left thousands homeless and caused widespread damage to art and architectural heritage. The quakes also damaged synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and other Jewish property in several cities.

Administrators of the Fossoli memorial site, which includes a museum monument to the deported, said the quakes damaged nearly all the old barracks structures that had formed part of the camp.

Some 5,000 people, about half of them Jews, passed through Fossoli en route to Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald and other camps in seven months in 1944. Among them was Holocaust survivor and author Primo Levi.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.