Dr Luca Fenoglio

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Contact details

  • Email: lf184@leicester.ac.uk
  • Office: Attenborough Tower 816
  • Feedback and Support hours 2018-19: Wednesdays 3-4 pm (HS1016), 4-5 pm (HS7026)


I conducted my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Turin, Italy (BA equivalent summa in European History, 2009; MA equivalent summa cum laude and 'special mention' in History, 2011). In 2012 I moved to the University of Edinburgh to pursue a PhD in Modern European History under the supervision of Professor Donald Bloxham. After obtaining my PhD in 2016, I was a teaching fellow in the School of History at the University of Leicester and then a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research, before joining Leicester as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in January 2018.


I am interested in the perpetration of and resistance to mass violence. To this day my research has focused on Fascist Italy’s policies towards Jews during the Second World War, both from the perspective of the persecutors and of the persecuted.

My first research project was developed as part of my MA degree in History at the University of Turin. Under the supervision of Professor Fabio Levi, I studied the rescue and relief activities that the Italian Jewish banker Angelo Donati carried out in Italian-occupied south-eastern France in 1942-43. This research resulted in a book published in late 2013.

During my PhD I moved on to tackling the long-debated and still highly controversial question of the rationale for the Fascist government’s refusal to hand over Jews in the territories that the Italian Army occupied between 1941 and 1943 and for the limited reversal of that policy in July 1943. Using the Italian occupation of south-eastern France as a case study, my thesis challenged existing explanations and offered an innovative interpretation of Italian decisions. In 2017 my doctoral thesis was awarded the Spadolini Nuova Antologia Prize XXI (joint winner). So far this research has resulted in a book chapter and two journal articles. Currently I am working on turning the thesis into a book.

For my Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship project I will further widen the scope of my investigation to look at Italian Fascist violence against non-military enemies in the context of Italian occupations across the Mediterranean in 1940-43.



Fenoglio, Luca, Angelo Donati e la «questione ebraica» nella Francia occupata dall’esercito italiano (Turin: Silvio Zamorani, 2013).

Journal Articles

Fenoglio, Luca, 'On the use of Nazi sources for the study of Facist Jewish policy in the Italian-occupied territories: The case of south-eastern France, November 1942-July 1943' Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 24:1 (2019) 63-78

Fenoglio, Luca, “Between Protection and Complicity: Guido Lospinoso, Fascist Italy and the Holocaust in Italian-occupied Southeastern France”, Holocaust & Genocide Studies (forthcoming).

Book chapters

Fenoglio, Luca, “What ‘New Order’? Fascist expansionism and the Jews: the case of Southeastern France, 1942-1943”, in Karine Varley and Marco Maria Aterrano (eds), A Fascist Decade of War? 1935-1945 in International Perspective (Routledge, forthcoming).

Book reviews

  • Fenoglio, Luca, review of Petrella, Luigi, Staging the Fascist War. The Ministry of Popular Culture and Italian Propaganda on the Home Front, 1938–1943 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2016), H-Soz-Kult, 2017.
  • Fenoglio, Luca, review of Zuccotti, Susan, Père Marie-Benoît and Jewish Rescue: How a French Priest Together with Jewish Friends Saved Thousands during the Holocaust (Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2013), Vingtième Siècle 124 (2014), 229.

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