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Jews in Modern Europe Study Group

The Italian Executioners: The Genocide of the Jews of Italy


October 4, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall Directions
October 4, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall Directions

The talk addresses the role of ordinary Italians in the Holocaust. Contrary to commonly held conceptions, almost half of the about 8,000 Jews arrested in Italy and deported mostly to Auschwitz, in 1943-45, were arrested by Italians. Mussolini had paved the ground for this with anti-Jewish propaganda and persecution since the "racial laws" of 1938. The role of Italian bureaucrats, ideologues and members of the fascist party, makes Italians, as well as the German occupants, responsible for the genocide.

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