April 8, 2015

Memorial Day at Villa Mondragone

On the evening of April 15 the Day of Remembrance will be held at the Villa Mondragone, Rome. At the time the plaque that certifies the villa as “House of Life”, title awarded by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation as a tribute to those who sheltered Jews and other persecuted during the Holocaust will be discovered.

In this spirit, father Raffaele de Ghantuz Cubbe, who during the war was dean of the Noble College of Mondragone and also vice president of the Society for Assistance (POA) appointed by Pope Pius XII, will be remembered. After October 16, 1943, when the Nazis broke in the ghetto of Rome to deport all Jews, Father Raffaele Ghantuz Cubbe hid, risking his own safety, several Jewish children at the boarding school, an action that earned him the honorary title of Righteous Among the Nations.

Prof. Giuseppe Novelli, rector of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”; Dr. Riccardo Di Segni, Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Rome; SE Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli, Bishop of Frascati; Noar Gilon, Israeli Ambassador to Italy, representatives of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, the priest Ghantuz Cubbe grandchildren and two people saved by the prelate, will be part of the ceremony.

Translation: IRWF