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What was Jewish life like under Fascism? How did the Holocaust unfold in Italy? In this special 3 part series, learn about Italy and the Jews in World War II. Dr. Shira Klein, Associate Professor of History at Chapman University, uncovers the Italian Race Laws, the Nazi and Fascist manhunt for Jews, and how Jews attempted to escape via the snowy Alps.

Episode 2: Having explored what happened to Italy's Jews during World War II, now find out what people say happened. Oddly, Italy has gone down in history as the country that saved Jews, the “good Axis.”


This podcast was created at Chapman University. It is intended for the public. It is based on Shira Klein's book Italy's Jews from Emancipation to Fascism (Cambridge UP, 2018). Chapter 6 is available here in Chapman University Digital Commons, and the full book may be purchased on Cambridge University Press' website.


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