Essays

Our History as Italian Jews

        Opening speech at the Italian Jewish Congress 2011 The intensity and strength of the Italian Jewish minority’s connection with Italian Unification is well known. Aware that…

Eighty Years in Print

Eighty Years in Print: The Rassegna Mensile di Israel What follows is the text of the speech given by Prof. Anna Foa at the presentation of the indices  of the…

The Auschwitz Experiment

        The second Primo Levi Lecture was presented by Massimo Bucciantini, Professor of History of Science at the University of Siena-Arezzo, on November 11, 2010. A large…

Tullia Calabi Zevi

Tullia Calabi Zevi (1919-2011):  “My Political Autobiography” Tullia Zevi left us on January 22, 2011. We remember her with respect and affection. On the occasion of this Giorno della Memoria…

Jews and the Present of the Past

        Jews and the Present of the Past: A Retrospective Look at the the ‘Symbolic and Ethnic Other’ Manuela Consonni (Hebrew University) introduces Kenneth Stow (University of…

Acquiescence and Dissent

        Acquiescence and Dissent: The Response of Intellectuals to the Fascist Racial Laws in Italy and Abroad When, in 1938, the Fascist government passed the anti-Semitic Racial…

Giorgio Levi della Vida

Islam in the academia. The case of Giorgio Levi della Vida Miriam Haier As an Italian Jewish professor in fascist Italy, Levi della Vida completed his groundbreaking work in what…

Growing up Jewish in Ferrara

        Courtesy of Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought, June 2004 Giorgio Bassani’s Ferrara may be, as an American critic has called it, a…

Reflections

Reflections on an Italian Jewish life From: The Most Ancient of Minorities: The Jews of Italy, Stanislao G. Pugliese, editor, 2002 I am an Italian Jew. My forefathers settled in…

Vito Volterra (1860–1940)

Vito Volterra (1860–1940): Scientist, Policymaker, and Bibliophile Giovanni Paoloni, Università di Roma La Sapienza Vito Volterra is generally considered one of the greatest mathematicians of his time: “His most important…