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“Memoria”: Three Assisi Heroes Exhibit, Lecture and Book Signing – March 17-22, 2013

The University of Saint Francis will present the photo exhibit “Memoria: Assisi and the Jews, 1943-1944” in conjunction with a lecture and book signing by Fr. Andre Cirino, OFM, co-author of Three Heroes of Assisi in World War II: Bishop Giuseppe Nicolini, Colonel Valentin Müller and Don Aldo Brunacci.

Events in Brief:
March 17-22, 2013  
• Photo exhibit “Memoria: Assisi and the Jews, 1943-1944”
• North Campus Auditorium (2702 Spring St.)
• Viewing from 9:00-5:00 daily

March 19, 2013, 7:30 p.m.  
• Fr. Andre Cirino, OFM: public lecture on “The Three Heroes of Assisi”
• North Campus Auditorium (2702 Spring St.)
Lecture followed by signing of Fr. Andre’s book: Three Heroes of Assisi in World War II: Bishop Giuseppe Nicolini, Colonel Valentin Müller and Don Aldo Brunacci

The exhibit will be open for public viewing in the foyer of the North Campus Auditorium (2702 Spring Street, Fort Wayne) from Sunday, March 17 through Friday, March 22. Viewing times are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Concurrent with the exhibit, guests will be able to view segments of a documentary featuring interviews with Don Aldo and film footage of wartime Assisi during the occupation.

On Tuesday, March 19, Fr. Andre will give a public lecture on the story of the Three Heroes at 7:30 p.m. in the North Campus Auditorium. Immediately following the lecture Fr. Andre will sign copies of his book which will be on sale in the foyer.

“Memoria: Assisi and the Jews, 1943-1944” transports the viewer back to Italy in 1943 during Germany’s wartime occupation of the central and northern parts of the country. Told through words and images from the perspective of Don Aldo Brunacci, the exhibit recounts the dramatic rescue of several hundred Jewish refugees in Assisi, Italy.

Don Aldo Brunacci, a diocesan priest and later canon of the Cathedral of San Rufino in Assisi, was one of the original architects of the rescue plan, which involved a loose network of Catholic clergy, private citizens and the commander of the German occupation forces, Colonel Valentin Müller. As secretary to Assisi’s Bishop Giuseppe Placido M. Nicolini, who directed the clergy to assist Jewish refugees, Don Aldo helped oversee the hiding of Jews in the convents, monasteries and friaries of Assisi.

Having an established relationship with St. Bonaventure University (N.Y.), Don Aldo entrusted to the university’s Regina A. Quick Center for Arts the period documents and rare objects from his personal collection. Despite his declining health, he stayed in regular contact with exhibit planners. He contacted them on the opening day of the exhibition, and passed away two days later.

The University of Saint Francis is pleased to host this exhibit and its accompanying public lecture to the public free of charge in an effort to continue promoting peaceful relations among all people of good will. These events are co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, the Center for Franciscan Spirit and Life at the University of Saint Francis, and the History Department of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Saint Francis.

For further information, contact
• Sister Anita Holzmer, OSF: 260.399.7700, Ext. 6705;  aholzmer@sf.edu
• Dr. Dan Torlone: 260.399.7700, Ext. 8408; dtorlone@sf.edu

 

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