NEWS Victims of political and racial persecution: a commission takes office in Italy

By Pagine Ebraiche staff

The study commission for the victims of political and racial persecution has officially taken office to propose some amendments to the regulations in favor of the victims. The commission, established by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers at the request of the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI), is presided over by former First President of the Italian Court of Cassation Giovanni Canzio.

The commission includes representatives of various institutions, among which lawyer Davide Jona Falco (representing UCEI), Anna Nardini (Presidency of the Council of Ministers), Giuseppina Veccia (Court of Audit), Marco Pierlorenzi (Ministry of Economy and Finance), Carmela Squicciarini (Ministry of Justice), Graziella Forti (Ministry of the Interior), Serena Colonna (ANPPIA) and Aldo Pavia (ANED).

As already announced, the commission will address various topics: Italian Jews’ hiding places and escape routes to escape from Nazi and Fascist raids after 8th September 1943; the condition of children, even at a preschool age, who had to hide and run away, with or without their families; the status of Italian-Libyan citizens who lived in Libya and were subjected to anti-Jewish laws; the condition which Jews who were born in 1944 had to endure until the liberation of their hometowns; the burden of proving the suffered persecution, especially carried by those who had to hide and leave their homes, but also by people whose situation is compliant with the law or has already been recognised; the significance of the ordinance issued on 30th November 1943 by Minister of the Interior Guido Buffarini Guidi, who ordered the capture and deportation of all Jews residing in Italy, along with the immediate seizure of their property, both movable and immovable, while waiting for their subsequent requisition; collection, prisoner-of-war, labor and concentration camps, as well as extermination camps.

Translated by Claudia Azzalini, student at the Advanced School for Interpreters and Translators of Trieste University and intern at the newspaper office of the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities.