Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

Versione italiana | Search in site:

Domenico Amato 1905 - 1945

the lance corporal of the Tax Police who helped Jews expatriate to Switzerland and was deported

He was born in San Nicola la Strada (CE) in 1905. After doing his military service, he enlisted in the Tax Police and was assigned to the Brigade of Casamoro Porto Ceresio, in Lombardy, very close to Switzerland.

In the days following 8 September 1943, while remaining a military, he became the reference point for many Jews. At night, the lance corporal ferried entire Jewish families fleeing deportation when not shooting. On 17 February 1944 Amato was found by the Nazis with documents and valuable goods he was going to deliver to an already expatriated Jewish family. Immediately deported to a labour camp in Gusen (very close to the harrowing concentration camp of Mauthausen), without even being able to calling his wife and his two children, he died of exhaustion on 27 February 1945 in the camp.

He was awarded the Golden Medal to the Civic Merit in June 2008 by the President of the Italian Republic.

Tales and testimony

of Righteous people in the Holocaust

There are numerous stories of rescue of the Jews from the Nazi fury during World War Two, which are still little known or have even remained unknowwn. In this section we feature the tales and testimony sent to the Forest of the Righteous Committee or that have reached our Website from those who want to inform people about a little known or overlooked event when rescue, aid, solidarity and human kindness were expressed in the gloomy times of hatred and persecutions.
Some events still need be evalued by Yad Vashem's Righteous Commission, where the inquiry in sight of the bestowment of the title of Righteous among the nations is started.

People recognized as Righteous

Righteous among the nations

recognized by Yad Vashem