Holocaust survivor given police escort in Italy after threats

Liliana Segre

Liliana Segre

An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor has been placed under police protection after she received threats from far-right fanatics highlighting concern about rising extremism in Italy, Italian security sources have said.

Last month, Liliana Segre - who is also an Italian senator - called for the creation of a parliamentary commission to investigate hate, racism and anti-Semitism after she was the subject of a daily barrage of abuse on social media.

Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia, Matteo Salvini's League, and Giorgia Meloni's far-right Brothers of Italy all gave similar reasons for their controversial abstentions.

Ms Segre said it made her feel "like a Martian" in the senate.

"I appealed to the conscience of everyone and thought that a commission against hatred as a principle would be accepted by all", she said on October 31.

She has just lately develop into the target of about 200 "significantly intense" social media assaults each individual day, the Milan-based Foundation Jewish Modern day Documentation Heart told CNN.

The resulting controversy has only added to the abuse, with a neo-Nazi group this week hanging up a banner to denounce anti-fascism close to where Segre was making a public appearance.

Israel's ambassador to Italy, Dror Eydar, expressed dismay at the news Segre needed a police escort. This means that they can wherever they can, in public, will be accompanied by two paramilitary policemen.

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Meanwhile, Milan authorities have opened an investigation into the threats and have requested the assistance of anti-terror police.

Segre was born in Milan in 1930.

She fled Nazi persecution in Italy with her father in December 1943.

The dam barriers have been reduced, so people experience they can freely pour hatred in direction of Segre on the net."Segre is one of the 25 little ones beneath the age of 14 who survived following now being deported to Auschwitz.She was later on transferred to the Malchow camp, a subcamp of the Ravensbrück camp, in which she was liberated on Might 1, 1945, according to Milan Shoah Memorial internet site".

Along with other Jewish prisoners transferred from Auschwitz in January 1945, Segre was taken to the Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany.

Weeks later she was moved to another camp operated by the Nazis which was eventually liberated by the Soviet Red Army.

Milan Prefect Renato Saccone has chose to assign a security detail to Holocaust survivor and life Senator Liliana Segre after she was the target of online threats and insults, several newspapers reported on Thursday.

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