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    Delegazione apostolica, internati italiani e carità transnazionale in Egitto (1939-1945)

    Viscomi, Joseph and Turiano, A. (2022) Delegazione apostolica, internati italiani e carità transnazionale in Egitto (1939-1945). Les Mélanges de l’École française de Rome – Italie et Méditerranée modernes et contemporaines (MEFRIM) 134 (2), pp. 215-230. ISSN 1724-2142.

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    On the eve of the Second World War, there were about 52,462 Italians in Egypt. Fearing that they might represent a fifth column, the British authorities adopted a series of restrictive measures against them, starting in the summer of 1940, including the internment of several thousand civilians and the seizure of part of the community’s property. This article investigates the various aspects of the humanitarian assistance provided to this community by the Apostolic Delegation to Egypt and Palestine during the war, based mainly on the unpublished archives of the pontificate of Pius XII (1939-1958). The delegation intervened in such assistance diplomacy by mobilising a transnational humanitarian network between Egypt, the United States of America and Italy. Our analysis aims to reflect in particular on the role of the Apostolic Delegation in the development of Vatican charity in the Middle East supported financially by North American institutions.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Egypt, apostolic delegation, Italians, humanitarianism, second world war
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Joseph Viscomi
    Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2023 12:51
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:17


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