Italian authorities, including president Sergio Mattarella, commemorated the Ardeatine Caves massacre last week.
This episode was one of the worst events perpetrated in Italy during World War II by the German occupiers. The caves are located in a seldom frequented rural suburb of Rome where, on March 25, 1944, the Nazis killed 335 Italian prisoners (among them many political prisoners and members of the local Jewish community).
During the ceremony, for the first time, pictures of all the victims were displayed, and selected pages from their diaries or letters were read aloud.
Concluding the ceremony was a prayer recited by the chief rabbi of Rome Riccardo Di Segni.