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36. Salmon Massimo

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The surgeon Massimo Salmon was the son of Alberto Salmon and Elvira Ambron, Jews from Florence, where he was born 13 December 1906 and lived on Via de' Banchi. To his application letter for "discrimination," written a few days after his 32nd birthday, Salmon attached ten certificates (not extant) aimed to prove that, as he put it, he embraced the Catholic religion, did not share the political views of his race, and totally adhered to the national and Fascist ideals. Indeed, he joined the Fascist Party as early as in 1928, when he was just 21, and enrolled in its special division known as University Militia. Salmon volunteered for the Italian war in Africa but was declared unfit due to his health problems. Cardinal Mercati, warmly recommended Dr Salmon's case to the Vatican Secretariat of State, which forwarded the pertinent documentation to Tacchi Venturi.

Keywords:application letter; Florence; Massimo Salmon; Tacchi Venturi



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