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date: 21 October 2020

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Nazism is often distinguished from other European fascist movements, especially Italian fascism, on the grounds that racist antisemitism distinctively defined Nazi ideology and policy. While taking the importance of antisemitism to Nazism as a given, this article maintains that racism and antisemitism were implicit in all fascist ideology, although articulated in different forms and ways by individual fascist movements. The analysis emphasizes the common population policies of the fascist regimes in Italy and Germany, and evaluates recent scholarship that has changed our understanding of Italian fascist antisemitism and the role of fascism in making the Holocaust possible.

Keywords: Nazism, antisemitism, fascist movements, racism, Italian fascism, Holocaust

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