Andrea Jacchia

Yesterday and Today

The way our societies confront the plight of the millions of refugees from various areas of the world escaping famine, ethnic, religious and political persecution, hopelessness and war, will be…


History, Memory, and Trans-European Identity

Book Review: Aline Sierp, History, Memory, and Trans- European Identity. Unifying Divisions. London: Routledge 2014 The current explosion in scholarship on the question of European memory is haunted by a…


Abramo Colorni and the Economy of Secrets

Until recently, Abramo Colorni (ca. 1544-99) has been flying largely under the radar of historians, even having eluded detection by the editors of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. Building on the research of…


Ariosto and Tasso

Curiosities of Literature It surprises one to find among the literary Italians the merits of Ariosto most keenly disputed: slaves to classical authority, they bend down to the majestic regularity…



A Primo Levi Anthology Collected from various sources on the occasion of the presentation of Primo Levi’s Complete Works at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.     Quaestio…

Resistance partisans in Val Chisone, Piemonte, Fall 1944. Image from the Adolfo Serafino Archive, Torino

Primo Levi, Mountain Rebel

Levi’s experience as a partisan—and the execution of two teenage boys—showed him humans’ capacity for extreme violence. A review of Sergio Luzzatto’s Primo Levi’s Resistance and Collaborators in Occupied Italy….


Venice, the Jews and Europe

On September 19 at 6:00 pm the English edition of the 500th Anniversary exhibition on the Venice ghetto with essays by some of the most prominent scholars in the field,…