October, 2018

23Oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmMichele Sarfatti. Race Law (1938-2018).Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Italian Jewish Studies Seminar:Italian Jewish Studies Seminar

Event Details

What has not been studied? On the occasion of the publication of a special issue of the Journal of modern Italian Studies in honor of Michele Sarfatti. The volume, introduced by Annalisa Capristo and Ernest Ialongo, focuses on new research on the persecution of the Jews in Italy and the legacy of Sarfatti’s work to a younger generation of scholars.

Presented jointly with the Columbia Seminar for Modern Italian Studies, the Italian Academy at Columbia University and the Journal for Modern Italian Studies.

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David Kertzer (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  aspects of the history of Jews in Italy during the Fascist period and the history of the Nazi and Fascist persecution that have not yet been sufficiently investigated by Italian and international historiography. 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

David I. Kertzer has been the Dupee University Professor of Social Science since coming to Brown in 1992. He is also professor of anthropology and Italian studies. Among his books are Comrades and Christians: Religion and Political Struggle in Communist Italy (Cambridge University Press, 1980); Ritual, Politics, and Power (Yale University Press, 1988); Sacrificed for Honor: Italian Infant Abandonment and the Politics of Reproductive Control (Beacon Press, 1993); Politics and Symbols: The Italian Communist Party and the Fall of Communism (Yale University Press, 1996); The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (Knopf, 1997) (finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction, published in 12 languages); The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican’s Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism (Knopf, 2001) (published in 9 languages); Prisoner of the Vatican (Houghton Mifflin, 2004); Amalia’s Tale(Houghton Mifflin, 2008); and The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe(Random House, 2014) (published in 11 languages)  In 2015, Kertzer was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Biography for The Pope and Mussolini.

In 2005 Kertzer was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is past president of the Social Science History Association and of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, and served as provost of Brown University from 2006 to 2011.

This series of programs marks the eightieth anniversary of the promulgation of the racial laws in Italy.

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.

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