Mario Limentani, One of Last Italian Survivors of Nazi Camp Mauthausen, Dies at 91

Limentani devoted his life to perpetuating the memory of the Holocaust.

One of the last Italian survivors of the Mauthausen concentration camp died Sunday at age 91, local media reported.

Mario "The Venetian" Limentani, who devoted his life to perpetuating the memory of the Holocaust, was laid to rest Monday morning in a funeral hosted by the Jewish community of Rome, reports said.

Limentani arrived in Rome from Venice one year before a series of anti-Jewish laws were passed in Italy in 1938. He managed to remain in the Italian capital after the city's Jews were rounded up and deported in October 1943.

The young political dissident was, however, captured at Rome's Termini train station by Nazi troops in collaboration with the fascists in December of that year, and was taken to the Mauthausen concentration camp one year later.

The SS gave him a uniform affixed with what Limentani described as "a star made of two triangles, a red one for being an Italian political opponent and a yellow one for being Jewish."

In 1945, with the U.S. army's liberation of Mauthausen, Limentani was freed.

Devoted to memorializing the darkest period in Italian Jewish history, Limentani spent 69 years of his life telling new generations about his painful experiences, the reports said. His story was told in the book "The death escalator: Mario Limentani from Venice to Rome through Mathausen," by Grazia di Veroli. 

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