October, 2018

23Oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmRace Law (1938-2018). Michele SarfattiItalian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 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.


Presented jointly with the Columbia Seminar for Modern Italian Studies and the Journal for Modern Italian Studies.

Italian Academy at Columbia University, Library

This program is a held on the occasion of the publication of a special issue of the Journal of modern Italian Studies in honor of Michele Sarfatti. The volume, edited by Annalisa Capristo, Ernest Ialongo and Natalia Indrimi is dedicated to the Italian race laws, and the legacy of Sarfatti’s work to a younger generation of scholars.

David Kerzter (Brown University). Michele Sarfatti’s contributions to the scholarship on the persecution of the Jews in Italy and the history of Fascism.

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

Jews in Italy and Nazi and Fascist Persecution. Themes for Future Research.

This lecture examines some aspects of the history of Jews in Italy during the Fascist period and of the history of Nazi and Fascist persecution that have not yet been sufficiently investigated by Italian and international historiography. It therefore functions as a platform for further research. These themes include, among others, the circulation in  Italy of the Joint Declaration by members of the United Nations, issued on December 17, 1942; the study of diplomatic correspondence between the two antisemitic states; the reflections of Italian Jews, immediately after the liberation of Italy, on Fascism, antisemitism and racism.

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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