Italy / 15-10-2012
Fondi - During the morning today, the mayor of the city of Fondi, Salvatore de Meo instructed the pertinent municipality departments to clean the public and private walls which were stained with antisemitic signs.
"Those outrageous acts of delinquency", declared the mayor "made me deeply sad both as a citizen and a councilman, and also because such acts are detached from the political and social context of our city. We immediately took action in cooperation with the security forces with the purpose of identifying the perpetrators who committed those coward and grave acts of delinquency, which we condemn publicly because they consist an insult to the history of the Jewish people, the victims and survivors of the holocaust. Over the course of the hundreds of years, our city has hosted an active Jewish community with incessant mutual tolerance and cooperation and we still firmly preserve the memory of this presence. The memory of the injustice suffered by the Jewish people in a dark period of contemporary history is equally strong. The city of Fondi paid not long ago its respects to the memory of policeman Giovanni Palatucci, who saved the the lives of thousands of Jews, by holding a conference and a photograph display. The city council and the education institutions in the city meticulously preserve and honor, since those dark times, the memory of thousands of men, women and children who lost their lives over the course of those dreadful years. We feel that it's our duty to encourage all the city residents to preserve the memory and awareness, in order to focus on dramatic periods of the history of the twentieth century, which must not repeat themselves in the future of humanity".