Righteous Among Nations

False Heroes And The Holocaust: Disputing The ‘Brava Gente’

07/01/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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Every age needs its heroes, so it seems. And in post-war Italy, a low level official named Giovanni Palatucci seemed to fit the bill. But recent reports challenge Palatucci’s legacy as the “Italian Schindler” and in so doing trigger a question, Why are we so attached to uplifting Holocaust narratives?

 Alexis Herr is a doctoral candidate at the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University.
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