The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism

Parody of Shoah poem

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Rome – An antisemitic post by a comedian who founded the Italian
parliament’s third-largest party has sparked outrage in Italy’s tiny Jewish
community.

 

Comedian Beppe Grillo’s blog on Monday featured a photo of Auschwitz’s
gate with the words changed to sarcastically refer to a shadowy organization of
Italian business and political figures. It also played with the title of a work
by Primo Levi, a now deceased Italian writer who survived deportation to a Nazi
death camp.

 

Italian Jewish community leader Renzo Gattegna, noting Passover started
on Monday, denounced the post as “shameful” and “criminal.” Leaders of various
political parties also decried the post.