On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, the French Seminary in Rome was recognized as a “House of Life”, which had saved Jews during the Shoah.

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Fifty Jews were hidden within the walls of the French Seminary in Rome in 1943 and 1944, after the Jews of Rome had been rounded up. The Raoul Wallenberg Foundation offered the title “House of Life” to the Seminary in a ceremony that took place in Rome. During this ceremony, the names of the fifty Jews were read by the seminarians.

The Jews were not alone among the hidden, there were also persons sought by the Nazis for other reasons. At any one time, more than one hundred people were saved in the seminary’s premises.

The Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has conferred the title “House of Life” on more than three hundred establishments that were places of refuge for Jews during the Shoah.