New Documents on the Deportation of the Jews of Rhodes
THE DISCOVERY OF THE CARABINIERI COLLECTION IN THE DODECANESE STATE ARCHIVE
January 29, 2015 at 6 p.m.
John Calandra Italian American Institute at CUNY , 25 W. 43rd St. 17th floor, NYC - Free admission
In 2011, the police in Rhodes (Greece) contacted the Dodecanese State Archive concerning the discovery in a basement of a large collection of Italian documents. In November 2013, a team of scholars identified the records as the archive of the Carabinieri's Central Special Bureau, a political police that, between 1932 and 1945, collected information on individuals, businesses, ethnic groups, spies, important events, and political personalities. The records, which were thought to be lost, had remained for 66 years in the room where the Carabinieri had left them in 1945. A large number of these 100,000 files concern the local Jewish community in Rhodes, following the creation of the central governing body of the Italian Jewish communities (UCII) in 1931, to the deportation of July 1944. Their story can now be re-examined under new light based on much broader evidence of their interactions with the Italian authorities. The documents of the Central Special Bureau are currently being catalogued and digitized by the Greek State Archives with the support of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Note: This was brought to my attention by Georgios Anagnostou - Modern Greek Studies Association Mailing List