Documentary on Mussolini's Camps – The Internment of Jewish Civilians in Fascist Italy
NY Blueprint, Jan 31 2010
1:30 P.M. – Screening of The Jews from Fossoli, Directed by Ruggero Gabbai (Italy, 2006, DVD, 50 minutes, Italian with English subtitles)
This illuminating documentary exposes the Italian Social Republic’s 1943 deportation of all Jews residing in Italy and the subsequent establishment of a concentration camp in Fossoli.
3 P.M. – Discussion with author Carlo Spartaco Capogreco (The Duce’s Camps) and Doris Schechter, hidden as a child with her family in Italy and proprietor, My Most Favorite Food; moderated by Alessandro Cassin
This panel will examine the unique situations of Jews in Italy during the Holocaust. From 1938 to 1943, civilian internment camps were established to segregate Italian Jews and foreign Jews living in Italy. While there were many cases in which local populations showed great empathy, others did not hesitate to give up their Jewish neighbors to the Italian Fascists or Nazis.