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

Lecture | March 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Simon Levis Sullam, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy

 Institute of European Studies, Program for the Study of Italy, Department of Italian Studies

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. In this lecture, Simon Levis Sullam will discuss his new book (The Italian Executioners, Princeton, 2018), which 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.

Simon Levis Sullam is an Associate Professor of Modern History at Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy. He has been an Andrew W. Mellon Postodctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, USA; a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Italy; and a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK.