Musumeci: “Racial laws aberrant practice in the history of mankind”

“Racial laws have been one of the most aberrant practices that the history of humanity has known.” This was stated by the President of the Sicilian Region Nello Musumeci during the presentation of the book ‘Giocatori d’azzardo’ (Mondadori) by Virman Cusenza, at Palazzo Branciforte in Palermo. The book tells the story of the lawyer Enzo Paroli who in 1945 saved the journalist Telesio Interlandi, considered the ‘ventriloquist’ of Benito Mussolini, who was a fugitive, hosting him in his home for eight and a half months. “The lawyer Paroli does not limit himself to defending Telesio Interlandi, our fellow countryman, and a man of refined intelligence – says Musumeci – He protects him, he knows that we are in the years of the People’s Court. He knows that in those months he gives vent to revenge,” sometimes founded but never right, sometimes spurious and killing a fascist in those days was not a crime, it was enough to meet him on the street and have a weapon and unload it “. “Paroli understands that Interlandi, at that moment, is in danger of his life. And he takes him home. Interlandi was the journalist who most of all supported the theories and theses of fascism and was not the only one to support them. thesis … In short, Paroli made love prevail over hate “.

According to the mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, who considers the book of Cusenza “a hymn to life and a strong condemnation of the death penalty”, the figure of Enzo Paroli should be remembered in the Garden of the Righteous in Palermo, the garden that honors the Righteous Sicilians who distinguished themselves for having saved Jews during the years of the holocaust. “I know that what I will say may cause some loss – says Orlando – but I believe that the figure of the lawyer Paroli could be in the Garden of the Righteous, where those who saved the Jews from death are staying. In these cases he saved a racist from death. . When we do this, without getting an idiot who says ‘Fascism does not exist’, we will be able to take a step forward. ” And he reiterates that he disputes “the death sentence”. “Of course, there is a feeling that I respect, which is revenge. So let’s say that an act of vengeance has been made, not justice.”

‘The Manifesto of the Race was also signed by people like Fanfani’

“I agree with Mayor Orlando that we must distinguish revenge from justice – says Nello Musumeci, taking up the word again – If we do not reflect on the climate that was lived in those years in Northern Italy more than in Southern Italy”. Then the President of the Region recalls that “The Race Manifesto was signed by people of a certain depth, the first of all Amintore Fanfani, who later became head of the Government. We must not lose sight of this aspect”. “Among the adherents there was the poet Soffici, a journalist often like Mario Missiroli, or the historian Gabriele De Rosa from Sturzi. I only mentioned a few names, but no one was tried after the war, indeed someone was even awarded”. “There was no break in the passage between fascism and the Italian Republic – he says – Claudio Pavone said that there was a greater need which was the ‘continuity of the state’.