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3. Campagnano Angelo

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Angelo Campagnano was born on 12 April 1893 into a Jewish family of Alessandria in Piedmont. At the age of 39, he married a Catholic woman and converted to Catholicism. Yet he highlighted in his application letter for discrimination that his desire to not belong to a Jewish community had been for a long time pre-existent. Campagnano underscored, as did many others in their applications, that his and his spouse's parents and grandparents were decidedly Italian. He concluded his unusually brief application letter with the salute of Italian Fascist. The archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Schuster, who was a member of Amici Israel, a Catholic society accused of philo-Semitism, supported Campagnano's application, just as he supported the case of Mario Della Rocca. Tacchi Venturi, who received a handwritten copy of Campagnano's application, interceded for him in a letter to Undersecretary Buffarini, yet Campagnano's request for grace was rejected.

Keywords:Angelo Campagnano; application letter; Piedmont

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