Carroll focuses on Zevi’s openness to dialogue with the Catholic Church, despite the memory of Pope Pius XII’s silence during the horrific days when jews in Rome faced mass deportation. Carroll is very critical of Italian society back then, which, he says, approved of the deportations. Carroll points out valid arguments when he lists the misdeeds of King Vittorio Emanuel III and the Pope Pius XII, but his tone distances him from Tullia Zevi’s spirit, which sought to bring together rather than divide.
What we need to aspire to is a conciliatory way of getting together and discussing about those terrible times, each making their part in the construction of a collective memory. That is the spirit of Italy’s Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust on January 27th of every year. It was the spirit of the Symposium held at Boston University on January 30, titled “Amnesia and Remembrance.” It was the spirit of Tullia Zevi.
Zevi passed away on January 22, 2011.