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Macerata, piazza della libertà, palazzo del comune. Photo by Saliko – Wikipedia

There are little remaining traces of the Jewish presence in Macerata. You can nevertheless visit the  city’s library which contains archives mentioning the presence of a Jewish community in the city since 1287.  The city hall houses a tombstone with an Hebrew inscription from 1553 and referring to the passing of Rabbi Avigdor. The tombstone was probably transferred here from the old Jewish cemetery of Cappuccini Vecchi.

The Jewish ghetto was located where Vicolo Ferrari today stands.

In 1943, 40 Jews -mainly foreigners, were arrested in Macerata and the surrounding villages. Only 3 came back from deportation.

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