Italian Jews launch crowdfunding campaign to save centuries-old books – Many of the books have survived Nazi raids and natural catastrophes. Some 2,000 of them are to be donated to those who pledge at least €200 to the campaign. | The Jerusalem Post
In 1943, when the Nazi Germany occupied Italy and started deporting local Jews to concentration camps, it also plundered gold, art, and historic and cultural artifacts. Among the treasures, the library of the Italian Rabbinical School in Rome was sent to Germany. After the end of the war, the books were retrieved in Frankfurt and returned.