[from the Huffington Post]
In a controversy that has embroiled many of the leading Holocaust remembrance organizations, a man once hailed as the “Italian Schindler” may have actually been a Nazi collaborator who did little to save the lives of imperiled Jews.
For decades, Giovanni Palatucci has been heralded as a hero who died fighting against Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime in Italy, and who used his status as a police chief to save thousands of Jews in his hometown.
But according to research conducted by historians at the Centro Primo Levi at the Center for Jewish History, very little of this legacy is based in reality. According to the researchers, Palatucci was a relatively low-level officer who worked with the Nazis to help identify Jews who would eventually be shipped to death camps.
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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.