Holocaust survivor gets police guard in Italy after 'aggressive' death threats

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2019

Salvini and the far-right Brothers of Italy seized on discontent following a flood of refugees into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa since 2015.

It comes after Ms Segre, an Italian life senator, called for parliament to establish a committee to combat hate.

Segre, 89, last month called for the creation of a parliamentary commission to investigate hatred, racism and anti-Semitism after it was subjected to a daily barrage of social media abuse.

The resulting controversy has only added to the abuse, with a neo-Nazi group this week hanging a banner to denounce the anti-fascism near where Segre was making a public appearance. Italy's right-wing and nationalist parties - including former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party - all abstained on the vote.

Segre was deported from Italy to Auschwitz in 1944 when she was 13 - one of 776 Italian children under the age of 14 who were sent to the Nazi concentration camp.

A safety supply mentioned the police had been exclusively accompanying her to public occasions and weren't offering round the clock safety.

Segre declined to comment on the assignment of a police escort.

"I appealed to the conscience of everyone and thought that a commission against hatred as a principle would be accepted by all", she said.

"It must be said that Liliana receives many more messages of support and solidarity than messages of hate", said Paola Gargiulo, head of Segre's cabinet.

In recent years, she has dedicated much of her time to visiting schools to recount the horrors of the Holocaust perpetrated under Nazi German rule during World War Two.

An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor in Italy has been assigned police guards for protection after receiving hundreds of threats on social media.

Government ministers also expressed solidarity.

The threats she received have been "particularly aggressive", Stefano Gatti from the Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center told CNN.

"The anti-Semitic insults advance from a ways-upright circles which have a previous, and in most cases indicate, of violence".

For comparison, the overall episodes for the total of final year had been 197 and 130 for 2017.Gatti mentioned the increase in anti-Semitic episodes is aspect of a common deterioration of the public discourse with the brutalization of politics as its most obvious phenomenon."The radical far-proper feels much more legitimized and more robust, consequently they are additional energetic", Gatti said."Twenty several years in the past you couldn't cling about shouting 'Viva il Duce, ' there was bigger resistance in direction of extremist themes".

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