|TARSIA: Cosenza (CS) Province|
Catholic Church of St. Peter & Paul Cemetery: The active Catholic cemetery has the last known Jewish burial in 1940-45. [Catholic Church of St. Peter & Paul, 87040 Tarsia, Consenza CS, Italty. Telephone from U.S. 011-39-981] 1940-45 internment of Jews occurred in Ferramonti, about 6 km from the town of Tarsia, or 20 minutes south on the A3 Autostrade, nearest the town of Cosenza where the Crati River and A3 cross. Ferramonti was a camp that existed from 1940 to 1945, used for Jews (apparently bound for Palestine but caught here during W.W.II) and many others, including US Citizens trapped when war broke out. There is a wall commemorating those who died at that camp. After the war, their families disinterred all but four of the Jewish people buried there from 1940-45. These four Jewish burials are in single, in-ground graves. The four burials include one illegible one. The wall reads "In memoria dei naufraghi del pentcho 'internati a Ferramonti e deceduti dal 1942-1944." Disinterred Jewish burials listed are Ungar Josef, Guen Erwin, Gross Ignatz, Halperin Fischer Zahava, Wald Schaghne-the "g" could be a "c", Weissberger Shmuel, Weil Paula, Neumann Strelinger Magoi, Furst Shraga, Freund Albert, Feller Eugen, and Rosinger Weiss Ghavna. On either side of the list are a few small plaques: 1. Richard Trostler, nato il 23/X 1878 a Vienna, morto il 23/III 1944; 2. Joseph Richard Goldstein, nato il 13/II or III 1874 a Coltbus, morto il 10/I/1943; 3. Hugo Meitner nato il 10/XI 1888 Ung Brod, morto il 13/X 1941; 4. Leo Wellesz, nato il 2/I 1943 a Ferramonti, morto il 4/4/1943.
UPDATE: Dr Mario Rende, author of book "Ferramonti Di Tarsia" (2009) by www.mursia.com cleaned the graves and memorial wall this summer. He was able to read the illegible stones. We have been jointly working on this data and have identified maiden name for one grave. We have compared the names on the graves & wall with names from death certificates. There are some inconsistencies but definitely additional info. Death certs give witnesses, sometimes relatives. Capogreco's book says graves were purchased in Tarsia and Cosenza, so perhaps there are some burials in Cosenza. Also, Capogreco and Bierman's books both say 4 were killed on 27 Aug 1943 when plane fired on camp mistaking it for a military site but there are only 3 death certs for that date. Maybe 4th person went to hospital & died later in Cosenza? I also have a death cert from the camp. I can send the lists. Ellen Barbieri - JewishGen Researcher 8682 San Diego, CA.
|Last Updated on Friday, 16 October 2009 20:08|