Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Italian play based on relationship between gay Fascist, Jew


Cosenza, January 16 - The efforts of a gay Italian
Fascist to hide and protect a Jewish friend during the Second
World War era are the subject of a new book and play written by
journalist Mario Campanella.
Titled The Human Race, the novel will be published this
year to mark the 75th anniversary of the introduction of Italy's
racial laws, says Campanella, who hails from Italy's southern
Calabria region.
The idea was hatched from a chance meeting between the
journalist and some survivors of the period.
Campanella says that seven years ago, a friend who lived
near Tarsia, where an internment camp was based, repeated an old
story told by his grandfather.
Efforts to find supporting documents were fruitless but he
eventually met some of the principle actors in the events that
inspired his work.
"It is a beautiful story because it is deeply Italian and
full of beautiful contradictions," says Campanella.
"The Fascist hosting the Jew, but also the homosexual who
is forced to live in silence" about his sexual orientation.
Italy's racial laws of 1938 focused on the Jewish
population, stripping members of Italian citizenship.

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