Holocaust Museum Joins Boycott of Italian Book Fair
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum has joined a number of writers and organizations in boycotting the Turin Book Fair over its inclusion of Altaforte, a publisher with ties to the far-right CasaPound party and whose director admits to being a fascist. Holocaust survivor and writer Halina Birenbaum has also pulled out of the event, along with historian Carlo Ginzburg and popular Italian cartoonist Zerocalcare.
How is the book fair reacting? By doubling down: With Altaforte planning to publish right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s book, organizers say the fair provides an opportunity for writers to engage in needed debate.