The province of Grosseto in southern Tuscany shows two extremes in the treatment of Italian and foreign Jews during the Holocaust. The Jews of Pitigliano, a four-hundred-year-old community, were hidden for almost a year by sympathetic farmers. All survived the Fascist hunt for Jews. In the west, near Grosseto, almost a hundred Italian and foreign Jews were imprisoned in 1943 – 44 in the bishop’s seminary, which he rented to the Fascists for that purpose. About half of them, who had thought the bishop would protect them, were deported with his knowledge to Auschwitz. Based on interviews, this book shows how the Holocaust reached deep into this provincial corner of Italy under Italian Fascist control, and is proof that not all Italians were ‘brava gente’ resisting the Germans, in fact there were many collaborators.
Jews in Southern Tuscany during the Holocaust: Ambiguous Refuge
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2020
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