Holocaust denial could become a crime in Italy
Senate Justice Commission to vote on amendment to criminal code15 October, 20:24
The amendment was signed by senators from the center-left Democratic Party (PD), the center-right People of Freedom Party (PdL), the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and other smaller parties.
''I sincerely hope the commission will approve the text tonight'', said Democratic Party (PD) Senator Monica Cirinnà, who sits on the Justice Commssion. ''It would be a significant response to all those episodes of revisionism, alas all too present in Italy and in Europe, that seek to distort history and memory. Particularly on the eve of the tragic 70th anniversary of the Nazi raid on Rome's Jewish ghetto. On October 16, 1943, more than 1,000 Roman Jews were deported to Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps. Only seven returned.'' Approving the amendment would also be a definitive answer to Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke, whose controversial funeral was held today near Rome, the senator added. The former SS officer negated the existence of the gas chambers in the concentration camps.
''A hateful attitude, which now becomes a prosecutable crime,'' Cirinnà concluded.
Holocaust denial is explicitly or implicitly illegal in 17 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Romania.