Author and Historian
LUIGI REALE was born in the Molise region of Italy in 1967 and studied at both the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and King’s College London.
His interest in the Concentration Camps set up by the Fascist Regime prior to 1943 began in the summer of 1991 with a trip to Poland and a visit to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. It was at the museum there that he first realised that there had been concentration camps in Italy prior to 1943 and that there had been a number close to where his family lived in Italy.
His initial reaction, as of many Italians, was one of disbelief that the camps had even existed and then a further reaction when he realised that these camps were set up not just for those perceived as enemies of Fascism but also for those that were merely Jewish: as had happened in the Nazi concentration camps.
Following the visit, he returned to his studies at the University of Rome and began his research. For his undergraduate studies of this subject, Luigi won the Prestigious Graduate award from the Foundation of Jewish Culture ‘Primo Levi’ in Florence. He then continued his research at King’s College London for which he received a PhD in 2009. Luigi now lives in the UK and teaches Italian and Latin.
Luigi's book, Mussolinis Concentration Camps for Civilians is published by Vallentine Mitchell as is available internationally in all good book shops and online book sellers click here to view buy options and ISBN details of the book
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