A month after he was arrested, the Allies liberated Rome.
Rosa Zarfati lived in Italy her entire life, where she worked at a bank and passed away from cancer. Ciccio Zarfati moved to the U.S. about 30 ears ago and has worked as an entrepreneur, including in the garment industry.
In the chaotic years after the war, Renato Zarfati started singing in his synagogue where his vocal talent was discovered. He traveled the world singing Romantic-style songs he likens to Julio Iglesias’ performances. His stage name was Renato Renzi and, among other places, he sang at the Thunderbird Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach as well as at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. He has three children and 10 grandchildren.
Elvira Zarfati stayed in Italy for most of her life, where she and her husband owned a luggage and clothing business. She is a mother of four, a grandmother of seven and a great-grandmother of eight children. About 20 years ago, she also moved to the U.S. and now lives in Sunny Isles Beach near her brother.
It’s unclear when the photos were taken.
The Zarfatis don’t remember posing for the photos.
The Zarfati photos were obtained from the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati.
The back of the photos are dated May 8, 1946. But Richter said that does not necessarily mean the photos were taken on that date. But, he added, they were likely taken after the war.
Regardless of their provenance, Elvira Zarfati said she was amazed to find the long-lost photos part of such a far-reaching effort.
When asked about the importance of the project has, she replied: “That people are aware that these things happened and to prevent them from ever happening again.”