Policies regarding the Jewish population during the Italian military occupation of Soviet territories 1941-1943
Il Duce declared war against the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, right after Hitler officially notified Rome about the beginning of the Operation Barbarossa. Mussolini’s military department hastily began to form the Expeditionary Italian Corps in Russia (CSIR), which entered the Soviet territory 40 days later. The Italian combatants who survived after the defeat at Stalingrad and the Soviet captivity, left ample memoirs. However, the victims' of the occupation documentary evidence has not been published yet. Domestic archives allow to bridge the gap and show how the Italian military treated the Jewish population.