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The Italian executioners : the genocide of the Jews of Italy / Simon Levis Sullam ; translated by Oona Smith with Claudia Patane ; with a foreword by David I. Kertzer.

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    "In this gripping revisionist history of Italy's role in the Holocaust, Simon Levis Sullam presents an unforgettable account of how ordinary Italians actively participated in the deportation of Italy's Jews between 1943 and 1945, when Mussolini's collaborationist republic was under German occupation. While most historians have long described Italians as relatively protective of Jews during this time, The Italian Executioners tells a very different story, recounting in vivid detail the shocking events of a period in which Italians set in motion almost half the arrests that sent their Jewish compatriots to Auschwitz. This brief, beautifully written narrative shines a harsh spotlight on those who turned on their Jewish fellow citizens. These collaborators ranged from petty informers to Fascist intellectuals--and their motives ran from greed to ideology. Drawing insights from Holocaust and genocide studies and combining a historian's rigor with a novelist's gift for scene-setting, Levis Sullam takes us into Italian cities large and small, from Florence and Venice to Brescia, showing how events played out in each. Re-creating betrayals and arrests, he draws indelible portraits of victims and perpetrators alike. Along the way, Levis Sullam dismantles the seductive popular myth of italiani brava gente--the "good Italians" who sheltered their Jewish compatriots from harm. The result is an essential correction to a widespread misconception of the Holocaust in Italy. In collaboration with the Nazis, and with different degrees and forms of involvement, the Italians were guilty of genocide'-- Publisher description.
    Uniform Title
    Carnefici italiani. English
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Levis Sullam, Simon, author.
    Published
    Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2018]
    ©2018
    Locale
    Italy
    Italien
    Contents
    Prologue: An evening in 1943
    The ideological context of genocide
    The dynamics of genocide: interpreting actions, motivations, and contexts
    The beginning of the persecutions
    The seizure of Jewish property
    December 1943: arrests and deportations from Venice
    Hunting down Jews in Florence
    At the border: Jews on the run
    A city without Jews: Brescia
    Informing
    Conclusion: Amnesties, repression, and oblivion.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Smyth, Oona, translator.
    Patane, Claudia, translator.
    Kertzer, David I., 1948- writer of foreword.
    Notes
    Translated from the Italian.
    First published as I carnefici italiani in January 2015 by Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, Milan, Italy.
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-174) and index.
    Prologue: An evening in 1943 -- The ideological context of genocide -- The dynamics of genocide: interpreting actions, motivations, and contexts -- The beginning of the persecutions -- The seizure of Jewish property -- December 1943: arrests and deportations from Venice -- Hunting down Jews in Florence -- At the border: Jews on the run -- A city without Jews: Brescia -- Informing -- Conclusion: Amnesties, repression, and oblivion.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780691179056
    0691179050
    Additional Form
    Electronic version(s) available internally at USHMM.
    Physical Description
    xiii, 186 pages ; 23 cm

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