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Query: Teaching the Holocaust and Current Events

Dear Colleagues:

This is an open-ended query about the impact of contemporary events on our work in research, programming, and teaching about the Holocaust.  The core question:   Have you experienced, in your own institutional context, a different response to the Holocaust as a topic that is, or seems to be, related to developments in Israel/Gaza?  Do you see this among your colleagues? Your students? Your university or other institution generally? What has happened?

Re: New Book Evaluates the Pre-Holocaust Italian Race Laws (1938-1943)

Hi Michael,

I do a lot of research on antisemitism in Fascist Italy. I read your book a couple months ago and took some notes, and I'd be happy to discuss it either privately or via the list. I have some criticisms (I am a historian, not a legal scholar) but mostly appreciated your analysis, and I basically share your general assessment of the 1938-43 period. I would also be interested in a larger conversation about 'pre-Holocaust' dynamics in other parts of Axis Europe. Best,

Peter Staudenmaier


Re: New Book Evaluates the Pre-Holocaust Italian Race Laws (1938-1943)

Dear Michael,

Your book sounds very interesting. You are seeking other researchers who have looked a the Italian Race Laws or other countries' race laws in the pre-war period. I have researched Danish knowledge of the persecution of the European Jews through Danish diplomtic sources 1938-1945.

Knowledge was extensive and the pre-war race laws in especially Eastern Europe are very well described in these sources. Unfortunately my work is in Danish. It is at the moment due for publication this fall. I hope I will be able to raise the money for a translation.

New Book Evaluates the Pre-Holocaust Italian Race Laws (1938-1943)

I have recently published a book "The Fascists and the Jews of Italy: Mussolini's Race Laws, 1938-1943" with Cambridge University Press.   I believe it to be the first full-length, English-language work on the Race Laws as distinct from the Holocaust in Italy, which began in earnest with the German occupation of northern and central Italy in 1943.   Scholars of the Holocaust will not be surprised that I found this to be an imperfect boundary: that is to say, the Italian laws were rather more enthusiastically promoted and enforced than many people would like to remember and--while the laws w