World War II Weekend
On October 22nd and 23rd, a group of students were led by JFRC alumni Jim Centner and Phil O’Connor, along with JFRC faculty member Anne Wingenter and SLA Erin, around Rome during the WWII Study Trip. On the first day of the trip, the group visited many different locations in the surrounding areas of Rome to learn about the American and Allied campaign through Italy including the German War Cemetery, Isola Bella, and the Beach of Nettuno. Most notably, students got to see real military vehicles and equipment from the war at Museo Piana delle Orme and heard a couple stories of a few brave Americans while visiting the Sicily Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno. Before the cemetery closed a few students even had the privilege to lower the colors.
On the second of the trip, Jim and Phil led the group through various locations within Rome to learn about the Italian resistance of the Nazis in Rome during the war. They observed the plaques commemorating the Battle of Rome (1943) and Liberation at Porta San Paolo (1944), visited the Museo della Liberazione on Via Tasso, and heard a story of a particular resistance sabotage that happened along Via Rasella while standing on the street itself. The 2-day study trip ended with a walk to Grappolo D’Oro to eat a fantastic feast for lunch before students returned to the JFRC or decided to join continue the trip with an extra walk through the Jewish Ghetto. Overall, it was a wonderful learning and cultural experience and we at the JFRC thank Jim and Phil for their dedication and hard work towards putting together this weekend study trip.
Click here to read the 12th Edition WWII Guide by Phil O'Connor.