In his new book, The Italian Executioners: The Genocide of the Jews of Italy
(Princeton University Press, 2018), Simon Levis Sullam
, associate professor of modern history at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, examines how ordinary Italians became willing perpetrators and actively participated in the deportation of Italian Jews between 1943 and 1945. Levis Sullam challenges long held notions that Italians were largely resistant to deportations and protective of their Jewish neighbors. Through detailing the actions of ordinary Italians as they participated in arrests, looting and betrayals he dismantles the myth of italiani brava gente-
the “good Italians.” This concise book does much to correct a tremendous blind spot in the history of the Holocaust in Italy.