Assisi Museum of Memory

Assisi Museum of Memory


The exhibition is dedicated to the stories of the rescue of 300 Jews in Assisi
It’ll enhance the image of the city thanks to a video about the beautiful places and Franciscan message

ASSISI – The Museum of Memory, Assisi 1943-1944 continues its journey in the United States. Throughout the month of May and until June 8, the exhibition will be open to visitors at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, at 686 Park Avenue, New York. The Museum, conceived and curated by the journalist Marina Rosati and constructed by the “Opera Casa Papa Giovanni,” a foundation of the Diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, tells the story of the 300 Jews saved as a result of the spirit of Franciscan hospitality in Assisi. “Thanks to the collaboration with Pave the Way Foundation and the technical and logistical support of DeSales Media – explains Rosati – we brought the Museum of Memory to the United States where, in the two organized exhibitions and conferences, it had an extraordinary success. During our mission, we met Fabio Finotti, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, who was very impressed by the extraordinary history of Assisi, and, for this reason, he expressed his desire to host the Museum. In addition, we thought it was a good opportunity to promote the city of Assisi thanks to a video in two languages that tells the beautiful places of the city and the Franciscan message”.

Through the reproduction of some panels, it will be possible to know and deepen the saving work carried out, immediately after 8 September 1943, by the Church of Assisi and by many citizens. The work of Don Aldo Brunacci, founder of the Opera Casa Papa Giovanni, who over the years, kept this memory alive; the then Bishop, Monsignor Giuseppe Placido Nicolini, who was instrumental in the clandestine organization; Father Rufino Niccacci, a friar minor, father guardian of the convent of San Damiano; the religious orders; the conventual friar Father Michele Todde, and all of the others, who did their utmost to save the lives of so many people, otherwise destined for deportation. An important space is also dedicated to Luigi and Trento Brizi, the Assisi printers, who printed false documents for the Jews. The exhibition, entirely in two languages (Italian and English), in addition to the written panels, also includes a video section of interviews with some of the protagonists, collected before their disappearance, who directly tell what they did to save the Jews, as well as insights on the historical period. Each panel also has a QR Code, so as to make it easier to read the many stories, situations, difficulties and joys, too, that the Jews and the city of Assisi experienced in that dramatic historical period.


L’esposizione è dedicata alle storie del salvataggio dei 300 ebrei arrivati in Assisi
Sarà valorizzata anche l’immagine della città grazie un video sulle bellezze del centro e sul messaggio francescano

ASSISI – Il Museo della Memoria, Assisi 1943-1944 continua il suo viaggio negli Stati Uniti. Per tutto il mese di maggio e fino all’8 giugno l’esposizione sarà visitabile all’Istituto italiano di cultura di New York, al 686 Park Avenue, a New York.  Il Museo, ideato e curato dalla giornalista Marina Rosati e realizzato dall’Opera Casa Papa Giovanni, fondazione della Diocesi di Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino racconta la storia dei 300 ebrei salvati grazie allo spirito dell’accoglienza francescana di Assisi. “Grazie alla collaborazione con Pave the Way Foundation e il supporto tecnico e logistico della DeSales Media- spiega Rosati – abbiamo portato il Museo della Memoria negli Stati Uniti dove nelle due occasioni espositive e convegnistiche organizzate ha avuto uno straordinario successo. Durante la nostra missione abbiamo conosciuto Fabio Finotti, direttore dell’ Istituto Italiano di Cultura a New York, che è rimasto molto colpito dalla storia straordinaria di Assisi e per questo ci ha manifestato la volontà di ospitare il Museo. In più abbiamo pensato che fosse una bella occasione per promuovere la città di Assisi grazie a un video in doppia lingua che racconta le bellezze della città e il messaggio francescano”.

Attraverso la riproduzione di alcuni pannelli sarà possibile conoscere e approfondire l’opera di salvezza portata avanti, subito dopo l’8 settembre del 1943, dalla chiesa di Assisi e da tanti cittadini. Si parla dell’operato di don Aldo Brunacci, già fondatore dell’Opera Casa Giovanni che negli anni ha mantenuto viva questa memoria, dell’allora vescovo monsignor Giuseppe Placido Nicolini che tirò le fila dell’organizzazione clandestina, di padre Rufino Niccacci, frate minore, padre guardiano del convento di San Damiano, degli ordini religiosi, del frate conventuale padre Michele Todde e tutti gli altri che si prodigarono per salvare la vita a tante persone, destinate altrimenti alla deportazione. Uno spazio importante è dedicato anche a Luigi e Trento Brizi, i tipografici assisani che stamparono i documenti falsi per gli ebrei.  La mostra, tutta in doppia lingua (italiano-inglese)  oltre agli scritti, prevede anche una parte video con le interviste ad alcuni dei protagonisti, raccolte prima della loro scomparsa, che raccontano direttamente cosa fecero per salvare gli ebrei, oltre a degli approfondimenti sul periodo storico. Ogni pannello ha poi il QR Code così da rendere più agevole la lettura delle tante storie, situazioni, difficoltà ed anche gioie che gli ebrei e la città di Assisi vissero in quel drammatico periodo storico.

Assisi, 05 maggio ’22


Thanks again for your interest in the Museum of Memory, Assisi 1943-1944 events last month at St. John’s University and Temple Israel of New Rochelle.

We are excited to announce the return of the exhibition to New York City as it will be on display at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, located at 686 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10065 from May 5 through June 10.

Please join us this Thursday, May 5, at 6:00 PM for the opening reception.

Thank you!

On behalf of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s DeSales Media Group, the Diocese of Assisi, and the Pave the Way Foundation, thank you for your interest in our Museum of Memory Exhibits and Roundtable Discussions on April 5 and 6 in New York. We appreciate your support and interest. Please see the links below for a video recording of a guided tour of the exhibits and a link to each of the panel discussions.

Museum of Memory, Assisi 1943-1944 Guided Tour:
St. John’s University: Museum of Memory, Assisi 1943-1944 WEBINAR:
Temple Israel of New Rochelle: Museum of Memory, Assisi 1943-1944 WEBINAR:

WANTAGH, N.Y., Jan. 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Pave the Way Foundation (PTWF), whose mission is to initiate historical projects and remove obstacles between religions, is sponsoring an historic presentation in New York with the Diocese of Assisi, Italy, recognizing the lifesaving actions taken by clergy and citizens of Assisi in protecting Jewish refugees during the Holocaust.

With Northern Italy occupied by German troops in 1943, the historic town of Assisi, home of Saint Francis of Assisi, found itself thrown into the atrocities of war. Archbishop Nicolini, acting on requests from Rome, rallied Assisi’s citizens and clergy to come together and save the lives of their Jewish brethren, being hunted down by the Nazis.

Elliot Hershberg, Pave the Way Foundation Chairman, remarked “at a time in history when forces around the world would strive to divide rather than unite, we are reminded by this exhibit of the historic, lifesaving acts of conscience Roman Catholics performed, at their own peril, to help and save so many Jewish victims of Nazi barbarism.”

The exhibit features panels from the “Museo della Memoria Assisi” (The Museum of Memory) and includes a roundtable discussion led by Professor Johan Ickx, Archivist for the Historical Archives of the Vatican Secretary of State, and Elizabeth Bettina, author of “It Happened in Italy.” Also attending: Archbishop of Assisi, Domenico Sorrentino; Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo; and the Mayor of Assisi, Stefania Proietti.

“How happy we are to bring our museum to America,” Archbishop Sorrentino notes. “Not only to remember a light that shone through a dark time in history, but also to tell the world that good can and must win over evil. Like the Jews, too many people are stripped of their dignity as human beings. St. Francis stripped himself to be a universal brother. In his footsteps, we welcome the initiative of Gary Krupp, his Chairman and Board and thank all of our gracious hosts who help us ‘pave the way’ together to witness fraternity and peace.”

The museum’s founder and curator, Marina Rosati, also attending, looks forward to, “this important opportunity to make known the extraordinary history of Assisi in the dark period of the Holocaust. Some 300 Jews were welcomed and saved, not one was deported or killed. Yad Vashem has recognized 7 of the heroes of Assisi as Righteous Among Nations.”

Two events are planned: April 5, 2022, at Temple Israel in New Rochelle, and April 6 at St. John’s University in Queens. Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum and Temple Israel stated “We are honored to host The Assisi Museum Exhibit, and excited to lead the roundtable discussion. The congregation of Temple Israel and I welcome this unique opportunity to fulfill the Mitzvah of Zachor, remembrance of the Shoah in a world seemingly filled with moral amnesia. With this exhibit, we not only memorialize the 6,000,000 Jews who were murdered by the Nazis, but the righteous of Assisi who risked everything to save innocent Jewish lives. May their souls be bound up in the bond of eternal life, as we honor them through this project of reconciliation and hope with the light of love.”

“It is a privilege and honor to welcome the Assisi Museum of Memory Exhibit to St. John’s,” commented Joseph Sciame, Vice-President for Community Relations at St. John’s University. “By doing so, we honor the memory of so many who afforded our Jewish sisters and brothers in those dark days in Italy, what one might call ‘the gift of life’ from the citizenry in that area, as well as so many other communities in Italy at that time.”

All welcome. Jewish and Christian communities are encouraged to attend. Please register for the in-person event or the webcast at
Events Schedule:

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Temple Israel of New Rochelle:

1000 Pinebrook Blvd, New Rochelle, NY 10804

5:00 PM Exhibition

6:30 PM Roundtable Discussion


Wednesday, April 6 2022

St. John’s D’Angelo Center:

8000 Utopia Pkwy, Jamaica, NY 11439

4:00 PM Exhibition

5:30 PM Roundtable Discussion



Assisi’s heroes: Gary Krupp and Vincent LeVien. A lesser known story during the Holocaust
15 January 2024, By Brenda Lee Bohen

Italian Media

Museum of Memory, Assisi 1943-1944 Guided Tour


St. John’s University: Museum of Memory, Assisi 1943-1944 WEBINAR

Temple Israel of New Rochelle: Museum of Memory, Assisi 1943-1944 WEBINAR


03/18/22 – National Catholic Register: A Relic of Blessed Carlos Acutis’ Heart Is Coming to New York.


03/31/22 – Huntington Now: Archbishop Carrying Relic to Offer Mass at St. Anthony’s.


04/01/22 – EWTN Radio: Doug Keck has the EWTN’s “Inside Word”. Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo has exciting news about a relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis coming to The United States.


04/01/22 – Ave Maria Radio: Catholic Connection on Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo Bringing Relics to the United States with Blessed Carlo Acutis.


Catholic Connection – April 1, 2022 – Hour 2



04/02/22 – YouTube: Assisi Mayor Stefania Prioetti’s Thank You Video on Museum of Memory Exhibits.

04/02/22 – Aleteia: A Relic of Bl. Carlo Acutis’ Heart Will Soon Tour the United States.

04/05/22 – Catholic News: Archbishop from Assisi Brings First-Class Relic of Blessed Acutis to U.S.

UPDATE: Cardinal Dolan receives relic on behalf of USCCB, evangelization committee

04/05/22 – St. Francis of Assisi Parish, New York: We Have a Special Visitor from Assisi: Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino. He Will Celebrate a Special Mass This Friday at 3 PM.

04/05/22 – The Boston Pilot: Archbishop from Assisi Brings First-Class Relic of Blessed Acutis to U.S.

04/06/22 – EWTN Radio: Doug Keck Has the Inside Word on Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo News About a Relic of Blessed Carlo Coming to the United States.

04/06/22 – Catholic News Service: Archbishop from Assisi brings First-Class Relic of Blessed Acutis to U.S.

04/06/22 – OSV News: Archbishop of Assisi Brings First-Class Relic of Blessed Acutis to United States.

Archbishop from Assisi brings first-class relic of Blessed Acutis to U.S.

04/07/22 – Patch: Pope’s Archivist To Visit Temple Israel of New Rochelle Over Rare Holocaust Exhibit.

04/07/22 – The Tablet: Carlo Acutis Relic Helps Students Strengthen Their Faith.

Carlo Acutis Relic Helps Students Strengthen Their Faith

04/07/22 – Catholic Philly: Long Island Catholic School Sees First-Class Relic of Blessed Acutis.

Long Island Catholic school sees first-class relic of Blessed Acutis



Event Signup form:

Press release from Italy

Historic Significance of Assisi in Protecting Jewish Refugees


PTYWF Press release


Press release in Italian from Diocese of Assisi of the relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis



English Video of the Museum of Memory in Assisi –


Italian of the Museum of Memory in Assisi:



PTWF responds to the Covid 19 Pandemic in New York

PTWF responds to the Covid 19 Pandemic in New York

PTWF partnered with the Robinhood Foundation, the AFCIO to feed needy citizens in Brooklyn and Queens, New York and the unemployed musicians of the theatre industry.  Though the efforts of the Emergency Task Force founded by PTWF Director Vincent LeVien 



Pave the Way Foundation wishes to thank and acknowledge the generous

financial support of the Robin Hood Foundation, the AFLCIO the Emergency Task Force and their dedication to

community needs.


We also wish to thank our PTWF Director Vincent LeVien

whose tireless efforts to supply protective equipment to hospitals, and to feed

families in need during the unprecedented COVID 19 crisis are much



Healthy Meals by Served Natural:

Sponsored by the Robin Hood Foundation:

and the Pave the Way Foundation:


 Pave the Way Foundation showed it appreciation on March 17. 2020 to commemorate  one year of the onset of the devesting Covid 19pandemic. We hosted a thank you function  in New York City for all of the volunteers and donors who made a difference during this past year

Remembering the Holocaust: The Documented Efforts of the Holy See and the Catholic Church to Save Lives.

Remembering the Holocaust: The Documented Efforts of the Holy See and the Catholic Church to Save Lives.

Major Event By the Pave the Way Foundation with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations

November 29, 1945 Pope Pius XII met with a delegation of 80 Jewish survivors, who came to personally thank him for the Vatican’s generosity and its efforts to save their lives during the war. The pope told the assembled group in 1945 “soon you will have a Jewish homeland.”

January 27, 2020 • 3:00pm – 6:00pm


In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 60/7, which established January 27 the day in 1945 the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated as the annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of victims of the Holocaust. It urged Member States to develop educational programs to teach future generations about the Holocaust and learn from it, so as to prevent future acts of genocide.

Because January 27, 2020 will mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the liberation of the survivors of Auschwitz, it will be a day of special significance in remembering the victims, studying the historical record, and drawing the necessary lessons from it.

The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See, together with the Pave the Way Foundation, are sponsoring an Event entitled “Remembering the Holocaust: The Documented Efforts of the Catholic Church to Save Lives.” The event will take place on Monday, January 27, 2020, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations Headquarters. The aim of this event is to bring experts on the Holocaust, World War II, Pope Pius XII, and the work of the Catholic Church during war together to remember the victims and to discuss the efforts undertaken to save those, especially Jews, whose lives were endangered by the Nazi genocide. It will also provide an occasion to examine in particular, with the help of archival documentation, the actions of Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church in response to the Holocaust.

Invited Speakers

Mr. Gary Krupp, President, Pave the Way Foundation, Editor Pope Pius XII and World War II: The Documented Truth. He will give an overview of the day’s events, a summary of the historical record, and will pose 10 major questions, which the conference presentations will address and answer.

Professor Eduoard Husson, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France, Author of The German Crisis; Ernst Nolte et la Shoah: Mise En Perspective des Totalitarismes ou Révisionnisme Historique?; L’Europe de l’Quest dans le Processus de Décision Qui Mène à la Shoah; and Die Entscheidung zur Vernichtung aller europäischer Juden. Versuch einer Neuinterpretation. He will speak on the Nazi  ideology and actions taken to bring about the Holocaust and the slaughter of so many victims.

Doctor Michael Hesemann, Professor of History at the Gustav-Siewerth Akademie in Bierbronnen, Germany, Author of The Pope and the HolocaustHitlers LügenDer Papst, der Hitler trotzte; as well as Völkermord an den Armeniern. He will address historical evidence of who knew what, when, and how with regard to what was occurring and what actions were being taken, or not being taken, to respond to that information.

Professor Ronald Rychlak, University of Mississippi School of Law, Author of Hitler, the War and the Pope. He will address the history of disinformation with regard to the Holocaust, both during and after.

Mark Riebling, Author of Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler. He will discuss the OSS, CIA and British archival evidence documenting the actions of Pius XII to obtain Allied cooperation to replace Hitler and the Nazis and form a new German government.

Professor Limore Yagil, Associate Professor of History, University of Sorbonne, Paris IV, Author of Catholiques religieux au secours des Juifs en France; Le sauvetage des Juifs dans la région d’Angers – Indre-et-Loire, Mayenne, Sarthe, Maine-et-Loire, Loire Inférieure – 1940-1944; Chrétiens et Juifs sous Vichy 1940-1944: Désobéissance civile et sauvetage; and Holocaust Denial in France since 1945 to 1994: An Analysis of a Unique Phenomenon. Special advisor to Yad Vashem Jerusalem, Israel and the Holocaust Memorial Washington, DC. She will document Church efforts to save Jewish lives in France and elsewhere in Europe.

Professor Matteo Luigi Napolitano, Professor of History of International Relations, Università del Molise, Italy, Consultant to the Historical Service of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Author of Pio XII e la Shoah. In attesa degli archivi, storici a convegno; Fede in Dio e diplomazia contro la Shoah: il caso della Nunziatura di Budapest; Pio XII e gli Ebrei di Roma nel 1943; The Vatican Files; Pio XII e i piani per salvare gli ebrei; La Santa Sede e la Germania nazista and scores of other books and articles. He will address the evidence of Holy See efforts to save European Jews, the “rat line,” and the relevance of Church-States concordats.

Professor Johan Ickx, Director, Historical Archives in the Vatican Section for Relations with States, former Professor and Chair of Archival Sciences Università Europea di Roma, Author of Eugenio Pacelli e la resistenza alleata a Roma; La guerre et le Vatican. Les secrets de la diplomatie du Saint-Siège (1914-1915); and De Geheime Archieven van het Vaticaan. He will discuss documents and evidence of Vatican actions to end the arrests that began October 16, its direct involvement to protect Jews, and the preparation for the German invasion of the Vatican. He will also speak to the significance in general of the opening of more Vatican archives on March 2, 2020.

This 3 hour event can be viewed live using this link

Noted news reports on this event:

Pave the Way Intiates Gift of the Tikkunei Zohar to The Vatican Library

Pave the Way Intiates Gift of the Tikkunei Zohar to The Vatican Library

Late last month, Pope Francis received a local gift from New York that served as a goodwill gesture to promote greater understanding among people of different faiths.

Pave the Way Foundation — a Wantagh, L.I.-based organization whose mission is to “end the malevolent use of religion” — organized a trip to Rome to present the pope with a copy of a Jewish sacred text for use in the Vatican Library.

The document was a replica of the English translation of the “Tikkunei Zohar,” an ancient sacred text of the Jewish Kabbalah, a mystical movement that interprets the Bible. The Tikkunei Zohar is a collection of 70 commentaries written in Aramaic on the opening of the Torah, the Hebrew Bible.

“It was a special opportunity to be able to present the texts in the presence of the Holy See, and it opens the doors of religious and cultural exchange,” said Gary L. Krupp, co-founder of Pave the Way.