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29. Modena Marcello

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Marcello Ottavio Giacomo Modena was born 19 May 1913 in Villa Ospizio. Based on his "breathless research," Marcello obtained a parochial certificate proving that he was actually baptized privately by his anxious maternal grandmother just before he set off with his parents for the long and dangerous trip to Tripoli. Indeed, Marcello's parents did not have him circumcised or enrolled in a Jewish community, either in Reggio Emilia or in Tripoli. Modena's application letter is the only one in the present collection that explicitly mentions the support for "Aryanization" of the Vatican Secretariat of State. Indeed, Cardinal Maglione solicited Tacchi Venturi's help in obtaining it, but the Jesuit's intercession proved ineffective - Marcello Modena was declared as "belonging to the Jewish race in spite of providing additional documentation," such as his baptism certificate, countersigned by the bishop-prince of Reggio Emilia, Eduardo Brettoni.

Keywords:Modena Marcello; Reggio Emilia; Tacchi Venturi; Tripoli; Villa Ospizio

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