Franco Di Castro’s report card, with a “Jewish race” stamp
Franco Di Castro, born in 1934, was driven out of public schools in Rome in 1939 because he was Jewish. He was allowed to attend school in a “Jewish section” specially set up at the Umberto I Institute. His father Alberto was an antiquarian, but with the racial laws he was forced to change job. When the Nazis entered Rome and asked the Roman Jews for 50 kg of gold in exchange for salvation, Franco with his parents and sisters ran away from home finding refuge in the convent of Sant ‘Antonio of the Genoese. They were saved, but the grandmother and aunts were deported.
Gift of Franco Di Castro, 2005.