In mid-2009 Gary Krupp, founder of Pave The Way, invited me to read through the 2,300 pages of documentation from material from the archives of the Catholic diocese of Campagna in southern Italy related to the internment camp of the same name that existed in the town from 1940 until its dissolution after the Italian armistice in September 1943. Krupp had come to the conclusion that the documents demonstrated that Pius XII was active in efforts to assist and rescue interned Jews.
I was asked to read and review the material and then write a report of what I found. I did this and the report was published on the website of The Anti-Defamation League as well as on Pave The Way's website. My conclusions were different to those publicised on Pave The Way.
I have posted the report under the "pages" heading.
In May 2012 a colleague received an email from a New York organisation disputing claims made in my article. There have been a number of conversations, but the original author has not contacted me. I am not interested in escalating the disagreement, but I am concerned at a particular claim that I only made reference to fifteen documents. How this person reached such a conclusion is beyond me. I read every page of the Campagna files - it took nearly three months - and made notes throughout. The article itself contains 78 specific footnote references to documents out of a total of 89.
A young graduate student from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, who has studied Italian internment camps, in particular, Fossoli, has written her own commentary on the article. I am grateful for Alexis taking the time and effort to write. I will leave it to the reader to make up their own minds.