Bust of Adolf Hitler.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)
ROME – Italian authorities will investigate an anti-Semitic,
Holocaust-denying doctor in northern Italy who keeps a bust of Hitler in his
office and displays fascist propaganda in his waiting room.
lawmaker Emanuele Fiano in a statement last week to the Italian Parliament
called on Italy’s Interior and Health ministers to investigate whether the
behavior of Dr. Gianantonio Valli, 64, is compatible with that of a national
Fiano said Valli was “one of the principal theorists in
our country of Holocaust denial, declared himself to be a ‘Nazi-inspired
fascist,’ and publicly manifests xenophobic, racist and anti-Semitic
The daily La Repubblica quoted Valli – who has described himself
as “completely fascist, that is, Nazi” – as saying “I see myself in the
tradition of the pagan realism, and I’m radically opposed to all aberrant Jewish
religion and philosophy.”
La Repubblica described a variety of xenophobic
and Holocaust-denying pamphlets and other material on display in the waiting
room of Valli’s office in the small town of Cuveglio, near the Swiss
Valli, who has authored a number of such publications, confirmed
to the newspaper that he had a bust of Hitler on display in his upstairs
library. A year ago, at a rally in Milan, Valli gave a lengthy speech accusing a
Jewish-run lobby of plotting to take over the world.
La Repubblica said
Italy’s national medical association also planned to probe Valli’s activities to
determine if they were in line with guidelines for medical professionals. The
newspaper said that in Cuveglio, local citizens were circulating a petition in
support of Valli.
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