ReflectionPaper “Echos from the Roman Ghetto” By David Laskin
Miss-steppingon paving stones in Rome is common. However, day-to-day occurrencesamaze many unless they find out the history. Nowadays, theinteresting cobblestones of the Jewish Ghetto familiarize the historydue to its connection with Rome their immediate neighbors. For theJews who are conversant, scents of falafel and hummus scattered midstof the yamaka wearers and “kosher” symbols elicit recalls of theethos and past they were brought up being exposed and incorporated.In the Jewish schools, the students were taught about the SecondWorld War and told the abuse and hate to the Jews but in some way theJewish society in Rome was disregarded (David, 1998).
From1555 to 1848 the Ghetto was shut down by the Pope, compulsorilyenclosing the Jewish culture within its boundaries. However, the timethe Ghetto was re-opened majority opted to continue staying in thevibrant traditional society that had been established. The period ofWorld War 2 the Ghetto was shut for a second time and its residentswere exiled to concentration sites with the support of the fascistrule. Regardless of the destruction of the residents facing theseterrible occurrences, peoples went back and reconstructed, creatingthe near and composite society that is present today. The ghettobeing a place of ill history the local leaders should incorporateresidents to preserve it. Being a place of late night’s restaurantstight security would attract more tourists. The dark history attractsmany tourists in the region enabling growth of businesses. Althoughthe history of the ghetto is dark, it does not make resident wrong toexploit the opportunities (David, 1998).
TheGhetto located in Rome has attracted many tourists, giving thecurrent inhabitants the sense of belonging and association. Theinflux of tourist has also assisted the rising of small towns therebyincreasing the business (David, 1998).
DavidLaskin(1998). Echosfrom the Roman Ghetto. TwentiethCentury Journal,33(3),922.