'Italian Schindler' Likely Sent Jews to Auschwitz
John Paul II called Giovanni Palatucci a martyr
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 20, 2013 4:35 AM CDT
Attendees walk in the rain across the street to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Washington's Holocaust Museum is taking down a display on a man once called the "Italian Schindler" for reportedly helping rescue thousands of Jews: It seems Giovanni Palatucci, whose legacy prompted Pope John Paul II dub him a martyr, may actually have worked with the Nazis in sending Jews to Auschwitz. The revelation comes after researchers pored through some 700 documents at New York's Center for Jewish Studies, which holds that he was "a willing executor of the racial legislation" who, "after taking the oath to Mussolini’s Social Republic, collaborated with the Nazis."

The heroic story goes that as police chief in the Italian city of Fiume, Palatucci destroyed documents in an effort to keep the Germans from sending Jews to concentration camps, the New York Times reports. In the end, he died in a camp at Dachau. Now, however, researchers say the documents weren't destroyed; they've seen the papers, and they suggest that 80% of the city's 500 Jews were in fact sent to Auschwitz. That's the highest percentage of any Italian city. And Palatucci wasn't police chief; he was in charge of executing racial laws. Finally, he ended up in Dachau over accusations of embezzlement and treason—not for rescuing people, the experts say. The Times of Israel has extensive details on scholars' findings.

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62peppe62
May 4, 2015 10:25 PM CDT
Giovanni Palatucci remains Righteous. Declares Yad Vashem “There is no new “fact" that justifies a revision of the recognition of Righteous Among the Nations awarded to John Palatucci ," announced Professor David Cassuto of the Commission of the Righteous at Yad Vashem. http://www.everyonegroup.com/EveryOne/MainPage/Entries/2014/2/21_Giovanni_Palatucci_remains_Righteous._Declares_Yad_Vashem.html
apocalypso
Jun 24, 2013 8:10 AM CDT
hm, he pretended to be a savior and a samaritan while his real deceptive purpose was to engineer death and betrayal... convicted of embezzlement.... they didn't say if he was jewish himself, did they? yikes...
Witzelsucht
Jun 20, 2013 6:05 PM CDT
"The Holocaust Industry" by Dr. Norman G. Finkelstein presents a point of view that must be read by anyone interested in the subject.