CES: The Italian Executioners: The Genocide of the Jews of Italy


Thursday, October 4, 2018, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way


Simon Levis Sullam
Associate Professor of Modern History, Ca' Foscari, University of Venice

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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