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Four plaques dedicated to Roman Jewish Holocaust victims found vandalized

Italian politicians and Jewish leaders have condemned the vandalizing this week of four tiny memorial plaques embedded in sidewalks in front of apartment buildings where Roman Jews were living when they were deported from the Nazi-occupied city in 1944 and sent to their deaths in Auschwitz.

A woman passing by Tuesday on one sidewalk in the Trastevere neighborhood known for its nightlife noticed the blackening of two side-by-side plaques. The markers name the residents and cite the date the two were hustled away during the German occupation of Rome in the last years of World War II. Two other plaques were also vandalized in apparent acts of antisemitism on a nearby block outside the building where two other deportees lived.

Italy’s Jewish community numbers about 30,000 in a nation of 57 million people.

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