Rome, Italy, Dec 11, 2018 / 12:09 pm
Twenty bronze-capped cobblestones, commemorating members of two Italian Jewish families who were deported during the Holocaust, were stolen in Rome in the early hours of Monday morning.
The memorials were set into the street in front of the former homes of the two families, in Rome's Monti neighborhood, not far from the Colosseum.
Police are investigating the Dec. 10 theft, which has left a gaping hole in the street, as a hate crime.
The cobblestones marked the name, date of deportation or arrest, and if known, the place and date of death, of 20 Italian Jews. Among those memorialized in the stolen stones were 18 members of the Di Consiglio family and two members of the Di Castro family.