World War II Study Trip Fall 2015
Continuing a JFRC tradition, distinguished alumni Phil O’Connor and Jim Centner led students through Rome and surrounding areas on the World War II study trip on October 3rd and 4th. Participants learned about the history of World War II in Rome, Italy, and throughout Europe through visits to various sites.
On Saturday, 40 students began the day at the German War Cemetery in Pomezia. Seeing the death toll for the German side was an eye-opening way to begin the day. The next stop was Museo Piana delle Orme, where students had the chance to explore the museum and experience life-like exhibits that showed the reality of the time period during the war. Students were then greeted at Isola Bella to learn about the Battle of Cisterna. The group traveled to the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Netunno to remember those killed in the war, in particular Loyola alum Pvt. John J. Burke, Jr., of Oak Park, Illinois. The group lowered the colors at the end of the visit to the cemetery. The day was capped off by a visit to the beach at Netunno and students were able to enjoy some sun and sand for a bit before returning to the neighborhood for dinner.
Sunday began with a visit to the Ardeatine Caves to remember those killed in the massacre that happened in response to those killed at Via Rasella. The trip continued to the Museo Storico della Liberazione and then to Via Rasella to hear the stories of those killed in the war. The group ate a delicious lunch in the city center, and a small group of students concluded the trip with a tour of the Jewish Ghetto. Students appreciated the opportunity to hear stories from Phil and Jim and learn about the reality of World War II in the city that they all now call home.
PDF Rome Guide on WWII: PDF_WWII Guide