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Jewish man recalls how Roman nuns hid him during World War II

October 16, 2012

In an article that appeared in L’Osservatore Romano on the anniversary of the Nazis’ 1943 deportation of the Jews of Rome, Roberto Piperno recalls taking refuge as a five-year-old boy at the monastery of the Bethlehem Sisters.

“During my time spent at the monastery, which was well-kept by the kind, smiling and helpful sisters, I do not have a sad memory in terms of human relationships,” says Piperno. Certainly their sympathetic attitude for this child … made even the condition of imprisonment and fear more tolerable. And for this I am still grateful.”


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