October, 2018

22Oct - 29Oct 2210:00 amOct 29Race Law (1938-2018). Michele SarfattiCasa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, 24 West 12 Street, New York, NY 1001110:00 am - 12:00 am (29) Italian Jewish Studies Seminar:Italian Jewish Studies Seminar

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A series of programs on the Italian Race Laws on their eightieth anniversary.

A collaboration of Centro Primo Levi with NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò and Department of Italian, The New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College and the Columbia Seminar for Modern Italian Studies.


OCTOBER 22 and 29 

Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò. NYU Departments of Italian and History. This seminar is part of the course on the history of Fascism held by Prof. Ruth Ben Ghiat.

Registration is required: Molly Engelmann ( specifying your name and affiliation. These sessions are not open to the general public. Students and faculty from all member institutions of the Interuniversity Consortium are welcome to participate.

Michele Sarfatti (Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation in Milan and member of the Italian delegation of IHRA).

The Anti-Jewish Legislation of Fascist Italy 1938-1943  
October 22: Context and background – Fascism. The Jews in Italy. Antecedents and Mussolini’s decision. Italian autonomy in the European context. The relation to the law agains he populations of the colonies. The question of the Italian citizenship. The racial and biological paradigm.

October 29: The content of the law – The goals of the law. Foreign Jews: expulsion and internment. The project of expulsion of Italian Jews. Places of the persecution: school, culture, professions. The internment of “dangerous” Italian Jews. The question of violence. Reactions in Society.

The persecution of the Jews in Italy (1943-1945). (This class will be held on a separate schedule. Details to be posted). The armistice of September 8th, 1943. The German occupation. The Italian social Republic. The German arrests. The Italian arrests. Internment camps in Italy. Massacres and deportations to Auschwitz. Statistics. Undergorund life and survival. Reactions in society.

Michele Sarfatti is the author of seminal works on the Jews and the anti-Semitic persecution in Modern Italy. His groundbreaking study, The Jews in Mussolini’s Italy: from Equality to Persecution, Madison 2006, drastically changed the way in which historians consider the Mussolini’s Racial Laws and the persecution of the Jews in Italy.

Dr. Sarfatti has been Coordinator of the activities (1982-2002) and Director (2002-2016) of the Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea CDEC, Milan. He is one of the founding editors of the e-journal Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History. He has been member of “Commissione Governativa di indagine sui beni degli ebrei in Italia nel periodo delle persecuzioni 1938–1945” (“Commissione Anselmi”), 1998-2001; and of “Commissione Governativa per il recupero del patrimonio bibliografico della comunità ebraica di Roma, razziato nel 1943”, 2003–2008. He is member of Scientific Committees of Fondazione Museo nazionale dell’Ebraismo italiano e della Shoah, Ferrara, and of Fondazione Museo della Shoah, Roma. See also

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