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12/04/2008

Italian Auschwitz Survivor Warns Against Roma Discrimination


Italian officials agreed to
call off fingerprinting the Roma,
but will take a census

 

 

On the 70th anniversary of anti-Jewish decrees in Italy, an Italian Auschwitz survivor has said the Roma population faces discrimination similar to Jews in Nazi Germany.

"History is repeating itself" in Italy, Piero Terracina said Friday, Nov. 14, at a conference marking the 70th anniversary of the notorious racial laws targeting Jews, which were approved by the Italian cabinet on Nov. 15, 1938. "Everything started with the census of the Jews and the terrible consequences to which this led us," said Terracina, reported AFP news agency. The 80-year-old Holocaust survivor was freed from the Auschwitz concentration camp in January 1945, shortly before the end of World War II. The discriminatory decrees introduced in both Nazi Germany and Italy under then leader Benito Mussolini included the prohibition of mixed marriages between Jews and so-called "Aryans" and economic restrictions on Jews, among other measures. 

click here for rest of article...DW staff (kjb)


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