The Italian Executioners: The Genocide of the Jews of Italy

    Foreword by
  • David I. Kertzer
    Translated by
  • Oona Smyth
  • Claudia Patane

A gripping revisionist history that shows how ordinary Italians played a central role in the genocide of Italian Jews during the Second World War


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Published (US):
Dec 8, 2020
Published (UK):
Nov 24, 2020
5.5 x 8.5 in.
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In this brief history of Italy’s role in the Holocaust, Simon Levis Sullam presents an unforgettable account of how ordinary Italians actively participated in the deportation of Italy’s Jews between 1943 and 1945. While most historians have long described Italians as relatively protective of Jews during this time, The Italian Executioners tells a very different story, recounting in vivid detail the shocking events of a period during which Italians set in motion almost half the arrests that sent their Jewish compatriots to Auschwitz. With a historian’s rigor and a novelist’s gift for scene-setting, Levis Sullam dismantles the seductive myth of the “good Italians” who sheltered Jews from harm. In collaboration with the Nazis, and with different degrees of involvement, the Italians were guilty of genocide.

Awards and Recognition

  • One of the Best Jewish Books of 2018 (Howard Freedman, Jewish News of Northern California)