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Italy’s Holocaust: the Genocide of the Jews of Italy

Contrary to commonly held belief, nearly half the 8,000 Jews arrested in Italy and deported in 1943-45, were arrested by Italians. Mussolini had paved the way for this with anti-Jewish persecution and propaganda that began with the so-called “racial laws” of 1938. Levis Sullam’s new book (The Italian Executioners, Princeton, 2018)¬†demonstrates that Italian bureaucrats, ideologues and members of the fascist party, were responsible for genocide¬†– together with the German occupiers of Italy during WW2 – to a much higher degree than has been acknowledged to date.