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On June 8, 2016 the Italian Parliament approved an amendment which increased the penalty for Holocaust denial.


On 9 December in Florence, about 80 schoolchildren presented their works to commemorate the Holocaust as part of the national Italian competition "I giovani ricordano la Shoah" (Young people remember the Shoah).


Earlier this year, the Center for Research on Intercultural Relations at the Sacred Heart Catholic University in Italy, in cooperation with the USC Shoah Foundation in America, produced an online bilingual educational resource, “Giving Memory a Future,” with support from IHRA.


On 15 December 2014, graduates of Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies seminars met in Rome at a special symposium under the banner of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti addressed a commemoration ceremony on 16 October marking the 69th anniversary of the roundup and deportation of Roman Jews to Auschwitz.


Italian Minister of Education and Research Francesco Profumo came to Yad Vashem on 4 September on a visit intended to strengthen the agreement that was signed last year by Israeli Minister of Education Gideon Sa'ar and the Italian Ministry of Education.


Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno has announced plans to construct Italy's first Holocaust museum, to be built in Rome as the focal point in the 10-year "Stati Generali" plan for major projects in the city. The museum will be built in the central area of Villa Torlonia and will lie adjacent to both Benito Mussolini's villa and the 2,000 year old Jewish catacombs. The catacombs, now closed, will be restored and open for visits as well.

Austrian Exile in Italy 1938-1945

The Italian translation of the book "Österreichisches Exil in Italien. 1938-1945" (Austrian Exile in Italy. 1938-1945) will be presented on 12th and 13th October 2010 at the Austrian Cultural Forums in Rome and Milan, respectively.