|Blessed Giuseppe Girotti|
19 July 1905|
Alba, Cuneo, Kingdom of Italy
|Died||1 April 1945
Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||26 April 2014, Alba, Cuneo, Italy by Cardinal Angelo Amato|
A Dominican priest, he was an opponent of the Italian Fascist Government of Benito Mussolini, and protector of Jews from the Nazi Holocaust. Girotti died at Dachau Concentration Camp in 1945 after he was imprisoned. He was declared Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 1995 and recognised as a Catholic martyr and declared Venerable by Pope Francis on 27 March 2013.
Girotti was ordained to the priesthood in 1930 and he - after ordination - studied Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome and the École Biblique in Jerusalem under the guidance of Marie-Joseph Lagrange.
According to the Jerusalem Post, Girotti worked as a theology professor at the Saint Maria della Rose Dominican Seminary in Turin. Following the Nazi occupation of Italy in 1943, he saved many Jews by arranging safe hideouts and escape routes from Italy. Caught in the act of assisting a wounded Jew, Girotti was arrested on 29 August 1944, and sent to Dachau Concentration Camp. He died at the camp on 1 April 1945.
- Priest Barracks of Dachau Concentration Camp
- Catholic resistance to Nazi Germany
- Rescue of Jews by Catholics during the Holocaust
- “Venerable Giuseppe Girotti“.; Saints.SQPN.com. 8 April 2013. Web. 9 August 2013.
- Dictatorship victims on path to sainthood; The Australian; 29 March 2013
- http://www.ebaf.edu/?p=3319&lang=fr Accessed 1 Oct. 2013; http://www.luigiaccattoli.it/blog/?page_id=11331 Accessed 1 Oct. 2013
- Mordecai Paldiel; A litany of World War Two saints; Jerusalem Post; 11 April 2008
- Servant of God Giuseppe Girotti at Dominican Friars Province of St Joseph website.
- Giuseppe Girotti – his activity to save Jews' lives during the Holocaust, at Yad Vashem website