Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families Under Fascism

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The experience of Italian Jews under fascism was a strange mixture of acceptance and betrayal, of sympathy and brutal persecution. Jews and fascists co-existed as they did nowhere else - there were even Jewish members of the Italian Fascist Party, enthusiastic and welcomed supporters of Benito Mussolini - though leagued with Hitler - staunchly refused to co-operate in the deportation of Jews. The author recreates this contradictory time with the personal stories of five Jewish families.

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willard o

Sep 5, 2013

SHILLE CAPTURES JEWISH LIFE BEFORE AND DURING MUSS

The book captures the status of Jews In Italy from Risorgimento to the end of World war 11.His depiction of the life and fate of 5 families from different socio-economic groups from 1870 to 1945 gives the reader a perspective on why Italian Jews thought they were immune to discrimination and persecution.

It also reveals the inadequate response of the Vatican to the plight of Italian Jews as well as the heroic efforts to save them by individual bishops, priest and nuns.

A must read for all Jews.

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