Italy was unlikely protector of Shoa Jews

Dec 16, 2016 242

by Debra Rubin

On one of her annual trips as a young girl to visit her great-grandparents in their small, mostly Catholic village of Campagna Italy, Elizabeth Bettina saw a photograph, taken in 1940, of an Orthodox rabbi sitting on the steps of a church.

Curiosity about that photo — it seemed strange to her that an obviously Jewish man could be out in the open in Germany-allied Italy — was the first step in Bettina's discovery that Campagna residents shielded hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust — and that thousands of Jews were protected all over the country during the war.

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