Many cobblestones streets in Rome are dotted with bronze plaques in front of the homes of Jews who were killed or deported during the Holocaust.
They are famously known as known as the “Stumble Stones” “Stolperstein” in German,due to their ability to cause a passersby to stumble over them, and be reminded of the atrocities of the Holocaust.
Twenty such cobblestones which were dedicated to the memory of an Italian Jewish family deported to concentration camps were torn from the ground and stolen.
The Di Consiglio family consisting of 20 members were the victims of the ghetto deportations to Aushwitz on October 16, 1943, and March 21, 1944.
The cobblestones that were stolen were set into the street in front of the former homes of the large family, in Rome’s Monti neighborhood, not far from the Colosseum.
At a news conference Monday, Italy’s deputy prime minister and interior minister, Matteo Salvini, called it an act of “repugnant anti-Semitism” and said he would work to stop similar acts.