Books

The Pope and Mussolini

David Kertzer, The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe, Random House, 2014 Review from The Guardian: David Kertzer’s nuanced book investigates…

“The Tragic Couple”

        James Bernauer and Robert A. Maryks, “The Tragic Couple”  Encounters Between Jews and Jesuit, Brill 2013 The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) has become a leader in…

Père Marie-Benoît

Susan Zuccotti, Père Marie-Benoît and Jewish Rescue How a French Priest Together with Jewish Friends Saved Thousands during the Holocaust, Indiana University Press, 2003 Susan Zuccotti narrates the life and…

Salamone Rossi

        Don Harrán, Salamone Rossi: Jewish Musician in Late Renaissance Mantua, Oxford Monographs on Music,  2003 Salamone Rossi (c.1570-c.1628) occupies a unique place in Renaissance music culture:…

Natalia Ginzburg’s Complete Plays

        Natalia Ginzburg, Wendell Ricketts, The Wrong Door: The Complete Plays of Natalia Ginzburg, Indiana University Press, 2013 The Wrong Door is the first English-language translation of…

Luigi Dallapiccola and Musical Modernism in Fascist Italy

Ben Earle, Luigi Dallapiccola and Musical Modernism in Fascist Italy, Cambridge University Press, 2013 Luigi Dallapiccola is widely considered a defining figure in twentieth-century Italian musical modernism, whose compositions bear…

A Civil War

        Claudio Pavone, Peter Levy (Translator), A Civil War, Verso, 2013 ‘Pavone’s study of the struggle between the Resistance and the Fascist Republican regime, A Civil War, has…

Sarajevo, 1941-1945

        Emily Greble, Sarajevo, 1941-1945: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Hitler’s Europe, Cornell University Press, 2011 On April 15, 1941, Sarajevo fell to Germany’s 16th Motorized Infantry…

A Marriage in War and Peace

        Alexander Stille, The Force of Things: A Marriage in War and Peace, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013 Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Elizabeth and Misha,…

The Chosen Few

        Maristella Botticini, Zvi Eckstein, The Chosen Few: How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492, Princeton University Press, 2012 In 70 CE, the Jews were an agrarian and…