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32. Paggi Mario

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Mario Paggi was born on 9 June 1894 in Pitigliano near Florence. Quite unusual for "discrimination" applications is Paggi's longer paragraph entitled "My position before Judaism." Contrary to the common view of "the Jewish race," Paggi continued, he was not good at science but excelled in composition. Indeed, he became a journalist. Shortly before the Great War, he had directed a student paper in Florence, I Gogliardi. Unlike his brother Guido, who was a decorated Fascist official, Mario Paggi was not granted "discrimination," for he did not possess the required Merit War Cross. Instead, the Prefect of Florence ordered that Paggi be interned in the camp of Pizzoli near L'Aquila for "precautionary reasons." The support of the Florentine Jesuit, Alfonso Martin and of the Vatican, and the repeated intercession of Tacchi Venturi with the head of Police, Carmine Senise, resulted in his liberation.

Keywords:"discrimination" applications; Florence; Great War; Paggi Mario; Tacchi Venturi

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