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© Samuel Gruber, Photographer: Gruber, Samuel D., 2023

Memorial Name

No official name

Who is Commemorated?

Jews of Alessandria who were deported and killed in the Holocaust by German Nazis and their Italian fascist collaborators
All 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust

Description

The memorial plaque is placed prominently on the lower part of the synagogue façade, clearly visible to passersby on Via Milano, a major street. The white stone inscribed plaque is roughly rectangular but arched at the top and with protruding “feet” with classical details. An inscription in Hebrew and Italian of the “Golden Rule” from Leviticus follows the curve of the arched top. Below this is a low relief carving of a Magen David flanked by two tripods with flames, either meant to be ancient incense burners (or possibly large oil lamps), but seemingly alluding to sacrifice. Beneath this is the dedicatory inscription. 

 Inscriptions

 Across the top of the monument

Hebrew

ואהבת לרעך כמוך

Italian 

AMA IL PROSSIMO TUO COME TE STESSO

Translation: Love your fellow as yourself [via The Contemporary Torah, JPS, 2006]

Main text (Italian) 

NEGLI ANNI TRAGICI 1939-1945
OLTRE 6 MILIONI DI EBREI
FURONO DEPORTATI MARTORIATI SOPRESSI.
IL TRIBUTO DI TANTO SANGUE INNOCENTE VERSATO
-ATROCE OFFESA ALL’UMANITA’–
ISPIRI IN OGNI CUORE SENTIMENTI
DI GIUSTIZIA DI FRATELLANZA DI AMORE

-LA COMMUNITA’ DI ALESSANDRIA-
 -A RICORDO DELLE SUE VITTIME -

Translation: In the tragic years 1939-1945 over 6 million Jews were deported, martyred, and suppressed. The tribute of so much innocent blood spilled - an atrocious offense to humanity - Inspires feelings in every heart of justice, of brotherhood, of love. /  The community of Alessandria in remembrance of its victims.

Commissioned by

The Jewish community of Alessandria

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Holocaust memorial plaque in the synagogue in Alessandria | Unknown
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Italy | Piedmont | Alessandria
| Via Milano 7
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