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37. Scazzocchio Graziano

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Among four children of Graziano Scazzocchio, a Roman Jew, and Giovanna Baraffael, three females were baptized at birth, and the only male was left at liberty to decide about his choice of religion in his adult age. In December 1938 Graziano and Giovanna submitted their application letter for "discrimination," for they and many of their children had been unwillingly enrolled in the Jewish Community due to the fact - they explained - that their mother was considered Jewish, even though she was the daughter of a mixed marriage and her Jewish father had converted to Catholicism before 1896, as had her husband in August 1938. The Vatican supported the Scazzocchio case - Pacelli's substitute, Monsignor Domenico Tardini, recommended their petition to Tacchi Venturi, who intervened with Undersecretary Buffarini. The Jesuit's archive contains no governmental response.

Keywords:application letter; Graziano Scazzocchio; Jewish community; Tacchi Venturi

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