Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry

The bicameral commission of inquiry on the causes for the concealment of files relating to Nazi-fascist crimes was established by law n°107 of May 15, 2003, to investigate on the abnormal “temporary” filing and subsequent concealment of 695 judiciary inquiry dossiers containing the reports on Nazi-fascist crimes perpetrated during the Second World War and found in 1994 at Palazzo Cesi, the premises of the Military Public Prosecutor’s office in Rome.

Made of 15 senators and 15 MPs respectively appointed by the Presidents of the Senate and of the Chamber of Deputies, the Commission was created to: analyse the content of the dossiers and understand the reasons why they were found at Palazzo Cesi; discover the reason for their concealment and understanding who was to blame for that; understanding why people who infringed national and international laws with their deeds and behaviours were neither identified nor sued.

The Commission, after three years of work during which a wide range of inaccessible and classified documents was collected, also thanks to the cooperation of some historians, ended its operations within the mandate of the 14th Parliamentary term and presented on February 8, 2006, two final reports (a majority report and a minority report) on the outcome of its research work.

From February 15, 2016 the Historical Archives of the Chamber of Deputies have given access to the lists of declassified documents of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Military Security Information Service – SISMI, the Court of First Instance, users can apply to get a digital copy of the documents used by the Commission of Inquiry.