The leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party and probable prime minister of the country, Giorgia Meloni, denounced this Sunday the “cowardly and inhuman” raid orchestrated in 1943 by the Gestapo, the Nazi regime’s secret police, against thousands of Jews crowded against their will in the Rome ghetto, as well as his subsequent deportation to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
In a statement on the occasion of the 79th anniversary of the tragic operation, Meloni condemned this “cowardly and inhumane deportation of Roman Jews at the hands of Nazi-fascist fury” and remembered the more than 1,200 women, men and children who took the Nazis to death. There was only evidence of less than twenty survivors.
“A horror”, Meloni declared through a statement collected by La Repubblica , “which must be a warning so that certain tragedies do not happen again” and “a memory that serves to build antibodies against indifference and hatred”, as well as “to continue fighting anti-Semitism in all its forms”.
After Meloni, the rest of the political leaders, such as the leader of the 5 Star Movement, Giuseppe Conte, or the deputy of the Democratic Party, Piero Fassino, have condemned the raid in practically the same terms. Also the leader of La Liga and one of the figures of the radical right in Italy, Matteo Salvini, has lamented what was “a dark and indelible page in our history”.