The Holocaust and Compensated Compliance in Italy

Fossoli di Carpi, 1942–1952

  • Authors
  • Alexis Herr

Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Alexis Herr
      Pages 1-9
  3. The War Years

  4. After the War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Alexis Herr
      Pages 93-112
  5. Conclusion

    1. Alexis Herr
      Pages 137-144
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 145-227

About this book


This book analyzes the role and function of an Italian deportation camp during and immediately after World War Two within the context of Italian, European, and Holocaust history. Drawing upon archival documents, trial proceedings, memoirs, and testimonies, Herr investigates the uses of Fossoli as an Italian prisoner-of-war camp for Allied soldiers captured in North Africa (1942-43), a Nazi deportation camp for Jews and political prisoners (1943-44), a postwar Italian prison for Fascists, German soldiers, and displaced persons (1945-47), and a Catholic orphanage (1947-52). This case study shines a spotlight on victims, perpetrators, Resistance fighters, and local collaborators to depict how the Holocaust unfolded in a small town and how postwar conditions supported a story of national innocence. This book trains a powerful lens on the multi-layered history of Italy during the Holocaust and illuminates key elements of local involvement largely ignored by Italian wartime and postwar narratives, particularly compensated compliance (compliance for financial gain), the normalization of mass murder, and the industrialization of the Judeocide in Italy.


deportation fascism history Holocaust Italy Judaism modern history religion World War II

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59896-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59898-1
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