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The Jews in Mussolini's Italy
From Equality to Persecution
Michele Sarfatti
Translated by John and Anne C. Tedeschi

George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History

The Jews in Mussolini’s Italy was awarded
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine, 2007

"This rich and compassionate study of the plight of Italy's Jews combines vivid narrative with scrupulous historical accuracy."—Booklist

Often overshadowed by the persecution of Jews in Germany, the treatment of Jews in fascist Italy comes into sharp focus in this volume by Italian historian Michele Sarfatti. Using thorough and careful statistical evidence to document how the Italian social climate changed from relatively just to irredeemably prejudicial, Sarfatti begins with a history of Italian Jews in the decades before fascismwhen Jews were fully integrated into Italian national lifeand provides a deft and comprehensive history from fascism's rise in 1922 to its defeat in 1945.

"Michele Sarfatti has challenged and effectively demolished the myth that Italian fascism was simply aping Hitler's Germany in its creation of the racial laws against the Jews. He describes the independent genesis of Mussolini's racial policy and its distinct character."Alexander Stille, author of The Sack of Rome and Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families under Fascism

"Prodigiously documented and definitive."Publishers Weekly

Michele Sarfatti is director of the Centro di documentazione ebraica contemporanea in Milan and the author of many books and articles about Jews in fascist Italy. John Tedeschi is a Reformation historian, and Anne C. Tedeschi is a book conservator. Their many co-translated works include the award-winning The Cheese and the Worms by Carlo Ginzburg.

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The translation of this book has been funded by SEPS
–Segretariato Europeo per le Pubblicazioni Scientifiche.

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February 2007

LC: 2005033028 DS
438 pp.   6 x 9
17 b/w photos, 2 line b/w maps, 6 tables

The cloth edition, ISBN-13: 978-0-299-21730-3 is out of print.

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