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The aim of this book is to offer the reader a critical edition of the petitions in their original Italian language that (Catholic) Jews residing in Italy submitted to the Fascist General Administration for Demography and Race (Demorazza) in order either to be discriminated, i.e., not subjected to various provisions of Mussolini's racial laws of 1938, or Aryanized, i.e., be considered not of the Jewish race, as defined by the convoluted and inconsistent Fascist anti-Semitic legislation. To put it briefly and simply for the purposes of this introduction, anyone born of parents who both were of the Jewish race, even though professing a religion other than Judaism, was deemed to be Jewish. All documents published in the present book come from the private archive of the Jesuit Pietro Tacchi Venturi, a key figure in Church-State relations during the entire period of the Fascist regime, 1922-43.

Keywords:catholics; Fascist regime; Jews; Tacchi Venturi


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