“Italians good people”

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the introduction of racial laws in Italy, a new awareness is spreading in the country with some important implications in the promotion of public memory. Historiographical research such as that of Michele Sarfatti calls into question the narrative of fascist anti-Semitism as a sweetened model of the Nazi one, imposed by Berlin against the feelings ¬†of the “Italian good people”. Studies on the capillarity of anti-Semitic legislation and the proven responsibility of Italians in the deportation and extermination of Jews reveal the embarrassing face of an Italy indifferent to the horrors of the Shoah.