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Director's Lecture

David I. Kertzer, “Mussolini, The Pope, and Italy's Racial Laws”


Event Summary

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David I. Kertzer drew on newly released documents from the Vatican archives to chronicle the active role played by Pope Pius XI, his emissaries to Mussolini, and others in the Italian embrace of anti-Semitism as state policy. Kertzer, a professor of social science at Brown University, was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his most recent book, The Pope and Mussolini. Among his many other books, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Related Media

David I. Kertzer’s author page
, featuring interviews and reviews on his book The Pope and Mussolini

The Pope, the Jews, and the Secrets in the Archives” (Article by David I. Kertzer on Pope Pius XII’s silence about the Nazi deportation of Rome’s Jews in 1943, The Atlantic, August 27, 2020)