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EMSB TO AWAIT INVESTIGATION BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION ON PALATUCCI BUILDING NAME

MONTREAL, JUNE 21, 2013 – The English Montreal School Board has no intention at the present time of removing the name of Giovanni Palatucci from a building they dedicated in his honour,  despite reports alleging he was  a Nazi collaborator.

In 2006 the EMSB named the former Wagar High School building in Côte Saint-Luc after Palatucci, a former Italian wartime police official who was credited with saving 5,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

According to research conducted by historians at the Centro Primo Levi at the Center for Jewish History,  Palatucci was a relatively low-level officer who worked with the Nazis to help identify Jews who would eventually be shipped to death camps.

“Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, plans to examine the research,” said EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini. “Until such time as there is a more affirmative answer regarding this news we will not be making any changes on our part.”
 
EMSB Commissioner Syd Wise, who spearheaded the move to name the building after Palatucci said: “What we did was  in good faith and we based our decision on the facts as they existed 60 years after the war. This is obviously an unhappy turn of events. We will have to wait-out the investigation.”

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca