Physician Adriano Ossicini passed away on Friday at the age of 98. During the Second World War, Ossicini had been involved in a scheme conceived by professor Giovanni Borromeo at the Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Rome to save dozens of Jews from deportation.
Borromeo made up a fictitious infectious disease “Syndrome K”, that allowed Jews to find shelter in the hospital as patients. Ossicini at the time was volunteering at the hospital while studying medicine at university.
In his youth, Ossicini distinguished himself for his commitment against Fascism. After the war he completed his studies, became a doctor and a psychologist and was also active in Italian politics, as a member of Parliament and as a minister.
Profound condolences have been expressed by the Union of Italian Jewish Communities.