Rome to Build Italian Holocaust Museum
10:23 Jan 17, ’07 / 27 Tevet 5767

( A compromise has been reached to end the five-year wrangle between Rome and Ferrara over which city will host Italy’s national Holocaust museum.

Rome will be the site of the national museum, while Ferrara, a small northern city, will have a general museum of Italian Judaism that will include a section on the Holocaust. The compromise, announced recently by Italy’s Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli, was the result of talks between the respective Jewish communities and city administrations.

The controversy began in 2001 when, prompted by political figures who were natives of Ferrara, the government assigned some $20 million to the city to establish a Holocaust museum.