I am afraid that the Italian Jews I know confirm Lello Abbina's story. However, history also confirms, as Joseph notes, that the Italian army never participated in the Holocaust in any way, even when threatened to have their supplies cut by the Nazis in the Soviet Union. The Italian Army protected thousands of French Jews fleeing from the Vichy regime. Further, one of the greatest heroes of the war was Italian General Mario Roata who saved tens of thousands of Jews in the Balkans from the Nazi and Ustashi barbarians. The Pope who unquestionably saved tens and maybe hundreds of thousands of Jews was then Archbishop Roncalli, later Pope John XXIII -- a Pope who truly deserves to be a Saint.. As far as Pius goes, can someone explain his close ties to nazi groups like the Arrow Cross and Ustashi; fascists like the Slovakian puppet regime or the Vichy government, etc?? Nobody did anything to stop these monsters from their genocidal ways. And note that it wasn't just against the Jews I am talking about; the Ustashi were more interested in massacring Serbs. No record of Pius doing much to help there either...
Clashes between IDF and protesters in Bethlehem and East Jerusalem (Reuters)
from the article: 'Pope Pius XII saved thousands of Jews'