Saturday, June 26, 2010

The fate of the Roman Jews

Unfortunatly discussions of what happened to the Jews of Rome in 1943 has become clouded by claims of sainthood for Pope Pious XII and counterclaims that he did nothing or even that he was anti-Semitic. It is further muddied by the reaction to the conversion of Israel Zolli, the Chief Rabbi of Rome, to Catholicism in 1945 and his Jewish excommunication. I have recently posted some thoughts on this at WW2 Talk here.

There are many Italian sources, but the best English one that I know of is chapter 4 of The Last Days of Mussolini by Ray Moseley which I have posted here.

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