The Righteous of San Gioacchino


    January 27, is Remembrance Day, which commemorates the Shoah, the extermination of the Jews by the German Nazis. In Rome, the parish of San Gioacchino, cared for by the Redemptorists, is witness to an extraordinary charitable action of rescuing persecuted people. The story, difficult to believe if there were no direct witnesses, lasted from 25 October 1943 to 7 June 1944.

    Four persons were recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, who during this period hid and assisted Jews, anti-fascists and draft dodgers, sheltered in the attic of the church of San Gioacchino in Rome. Among those honoured is Fr Antonio Dressino C.Ss.R., rector and parish priest at that time.

    To learn about this extraordinary story, you can watch a short documentary (Italian).