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Jews in Italy under Fascist and Nazi Rule, 1922–1945

Jews in Italy under Fascist and Nazi Rule, 1922–1945

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Joshua Zimmerman, Alexander Stille, Mario Toscano, Giorgio Fabre, Michele Sarfatti, Annalisa Capristo, Roberto Finzi, Sandro Servi, Iael Nidam-Orvieto, Klaus Voight, Fabio Levi, Liliana Picciotto, Robert Katz, Cinzia Villani, Frank Coppa, Susan Zuccotti, Anna Bravo, Millicent Marcus, Ruth Ben-Ghiat
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  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521841016

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  • The Jews of Italy under Fascist and Nazi Rule, 1922-1945 brings to light the Italian-Jewish experience from the start of Mussolini's prime ministership through the end of the Second World War. Challenging the myth of Italian benevolence during the Fascist period, the authors investigate the treatment of Jews by Italians during the Holocaust, and the native versus foreign roots of Italian fascist anti-Semitism. Each essay in this volume each illustrates a different aspect of Italian Jewry under Fascist and Nazi rule. Areas of inquiry include the role of the Catholic Church with special reference to Pope Pius XII, Mussolini’s attitude and anti-Jewish policies leading to the onset of the 1938 Italian racial laws, and the Italian popular reactions to anti-Jewish persecution. Included also is an examination of cover images and articles from the Italian racist newspaper La Difesa della Razza intended to lay bare the influence of the Italian media on the general Italian public.

    • Makes use of new sources and documents to refute many assumptions in existing Italian Jewish historiography
    • First volume of its kind in English exploring Italian Jewry under Fascism
    • Explores the role of the Catholic Church and Pope Pius XII with regard to anti-Semitism
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Zimmerman's edited collection offers a valuable overview of the new historical scholarship on the racial laws and the Shoah in Italy, as well as a good sampling of the works of some of the major contributors to this revisionist historiography." - American Historical Review, David I. Kertzer, Brown University

    "...a landmark...collection of historical articles." -Benjamin Ivry, Forward

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521841016
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 162 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.703kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Joshua Zimmerman
    Part I. Italy Jewry from Liberalism to Fascism:
    1. The double-bind of Italian Jews: acceptance and assimilation Alexander Stille
    2. Italian Jewish identity from the Risorgimento to the racial laws Mario Toscano
    3. Mussolini and the Jews on the eve of the march on Rome Giorgio Fabre
    Part II. Rise of Racial Persecution:
    4. Characteristics and objectives of the anti-Jewish racial laws in Fascist Italy, 1938-1943 Michele Sarfati
    5. The beginnings of racial persecution: the exclusion of Jews from Italian academies Annalisa Capristo
    6. The damage to Italian culture: Jewish university professors in Fascist Italy and after, 1938-1946 Roberto Finzi
    7. Building a racial state: images of the Jew in the illustrated Fascist magazine, La Difesa della Razza, 1938-1943 Sandro Servi
    8. The impact of anti-Jewish legislation on the everyday life and the response of Italian Jews (1938-1943) Iael Nidam-Orvieto
    9. The children of Villa Emma at Nonantola, 1942-1943 Klaus Voigt
    10. Anti-Jewish persecution and Italian society Fabio Levi
    Part IV. Catastrophe - The German Occupation, 1943-1945:
    11. The Shoah in Italy: some aspects of its history and characteristics Liliana Picciotto
    12. The Mollhausen telegram, the Kapler decodes, and the roundup and deportation of Roman Jewry: the new documents, 2000-2001 Robert Katz
    13. The persecution of Jews in two regions of occupied Northern Italy, 1943-1945: Operationszone Alpenvorland and Operationszone Adriatisches Kustenland Cinzia Villani
    Part V. The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy:
    14. The papal response to Nazi and Fascist antisemitism: From Pius VI to Pius XII Frank Coppa
    15. Pius XII and the rescue of Jews in Italy: evidence of a papal directive Susan Zuccotti
    Part VI. Aftermath: Contemporary Italy and Holocaust Memory:
    16. The rescued and the rescuers in private and public memories Anna Bravo
    17. The return of the repressed: contemporary filmmakers confront Italian Holocaust history Millicent Marcus
    18. The secret histories of Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful Ruth Ben-Ghiat.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Comparative European Fascism
    • The Holocaust, Yesterday and Today
  • Editor

    Joshua D. Zimmerman, Yeshiva University, New York
    Joshua D. Zimmerman is associate professor of history and the Eli and Diana Zborowski Professorial Chair in Interdisciplinary Holocaust Studies at Yeshiva University in New York City. He is the author of Poles, Jews and the Politics of Nationality: the Bund and the Polish Socialist Party in Late Tsarist Russia, 1892-1914 (2004), and editor of Contested Memories: Poles and Jews during the Holocaust and its Aftermath (2003).


    Joshua Zimmerman, Alexander Stille, Mario Toscano, Giorgio Fabre, Michele Sarfatti, Annalisa Capristo, Roberto Finzi, Sandro Servi, Iael Nidam-Orvieto, Klaus Voight, Fabio Levi, Liliana Picciotto, Robert Katz, Cinzia Villani, Frank Coppa, Susan Zuccotti, Anna Bravo, Millicent Marcus, Ruth Ben-Ghiat

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