Between Mussolini and Hitler : the Jews and the Italian authorities in France and Tunisia /
Daniel Carpi.
Hanover : Published by University Press of New England [for] Brandeis University Press, c1994.
ix, 341 p.
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Hanover : Published by University Press of New England [for] Brandeis University Press, c1994.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1994-07:
Fascist Italy faced a conflict with Nazi Germany regarding the fate of Jews, especially those of the Italian communities in southeastern France and in Tunisia. Carpi (history, Tel Aviv Univ.) has plumbed archival sources in Rome and Paris to detail this complicated but fascinating aspect of the Holocaust. He shows that most Italian diplomats and military personnel were strongly opposed to the policies of Nazi Germany toward the Jews, an enlightened attitude that resulted from a complicated mixture of economic, political, and cultural factors and especially the absence in Italy of the strong anti-Semitism found in Germany. This important study should be in academic libraries and in public libraries with strong Holocaust collections.-Dennis L. Noble, Eastern Montana Coll., Billings (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1994-12:
In this detailed account of the efforts of Italians to protect Jews from the Nazis in the Italian zones of occupied southern France and Tunisia, the author argues that Italy's racial laws (which were passed in 1938) found little support among Italian officials in either occupied zone. Although Mussolini personally shared Hitler's hatred of Jews, antisemitism was not widespread in Italy. During the war, most of the Italian bureaucracy in the occupied territories refused to collaborate with the Nazis in rounding up Jews for transport to the east. When precise information regarding the Final Solution reached Italy at the end of 1941, most Italian diplomats and military personnel expressed their revulsion and their unwillingness to be partners in the destruction of European Jewry. This inability to induce Italian cooperation with the Nazis in resolving the "Jewish question" is viewed by Carpi as a major failure of fascism. Thus thousands of Jewish lives were saved because Italians challenged Mussolini's antisemitic laws. To be read along with Susan Zuccotti's The Italians and the Holocaust (CH, Sep'87). Undergraduate; graduate; faculty. J. Fischel; Millersville University
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A landmark study of the forces shaping Fascist Italy's policies toward Jews in occupied territories during World War II.
Table of Contents
Northern France: The Occupied Zone (June 1940-September 1943)
Social Discrimination and Economic Restrictions (June 1940-June 1942)
The Massive Manhunts and the Deportation to the East (July-November 1942)
The Last Days of Italy's Axis Partnership (November 1942-September 1943)
Southern France (June 1940-September 1943)
The Unoccupied Zone (June 1940-November 1942)
The Italian Occupation Zone: The First Days (November-December 1942)
The Struggle over the Fate of the Jewish Refugees in the Italian Occupation Zone (January-February 1943)
The Italian "Race Police" in Nice (March-July 1943)
The Forty-five Days of the Badoglio Government (25 July-8 September 1943)
Tunisia (June 1940-May 1943)
General Background
In the Shadow of Vichy Government Policy (June 1940-November 1942)
Under the Heel of the Axis Army (9 November 1942-13 May 1943)
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