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Franciscans sheltered Jews in Assisi basilica during World War II

January 27, 2016

Franciscan friars in Assisi, Italy, sheltered Jews from the Nazis by hiding them in the bell tower of St. Francis basilica, the order has disclosed.

On the eve of Holocaust Day, Franciscan officials in Italy revealed that more than 40 Jews were hidden temporarily in the bell tower, moving quietly into the basilica in groups of five or six at a time.

 
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