The righteous enemy

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  • Creator a film by Joseph Rochlitz
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication Waltham, MA : National Center for Jewish Film, [1991] ©1991
  • Physical Details
    • 1 vidoecassette (84 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 1/2 in. + Study guide
  • OCLC ocm30265120
  • Credits
    • Narrated by Joseph Rochlitz
    • Produced, directed and written by Joseph Rochlitz ; historical consultant Menahem Shelah and Serge Klarsfeld


  • During World War II, the Italian Army interned Jews rather than send them to death camps in Germany. This film describes the many lengths the Italian officials went to save Jews. It shows how Italian officials prevented the deportation of some 40,000 Jews in Italian occupied France, Greece, and Yugoslavia. While the Italians could not save them all, their defiance of Mussolini and government orders did protect many lives.


  • Subtitle on container: The first filmed account of the Italian resistance to the final solution.
  • Originally released in 1987 by Parstel Films.
  • Italian and Hebrew with English subtitles ; narration in English.
  • Study guide by David M. Szonyi.
  • VHS.
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