The Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway participates in the commemorations of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, officially proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in November 2005. The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945.
The Rome Gateway has had a special connection to the historical heritage of the Jewish presence in Rome since the acquisition of the ND Villa, the living-learning community where the students of the University of Notre Dame in Rome live, located in Via Celimontana. The ND Villa housed a Jewish school in the two-year period from 1938 to 1940, when the racial laws promulgated in Italy by the Fascist regime had expelled Jewish students from Italian public schools. The Villa as of today still testifies the importance of historical memory as the core of solidarity and respect.
The Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway promotes the Encountering Jewish Rome initiative, through teaching, undergraduate and graduate research, internships, public lectures, in collaboration with the Historical Archive of the Jewish Community of Rome (ASCER) and partnerships in the field of Roman Jewish Studies.
A few initiatives organized in Rome: