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The Fosse Ardeatine

The Massacre at the Fosse Ardeatine. History, Myth, Ritual, and Symbol   Over the course of seventy years, national memory, historiography and the justice system have shown profound ambivalence towards…

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Sixty Years Fighting Oblivion

The Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation in Milan In a collection of essays published by Yad Vashem in 2009, David Bankier and Dan Michman devote one chapter to the simultaneous…

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Our Life Was Divided

“Our Life Was Divided in Many Facets”1: Anna Foa Yona, an Anti-Fascist Jewish Refugee in Wartime United States Introduction Migration studies have dismissed the somewhat uncritical and romantic celebration of…

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The Italian-Jewish Liturgy

Traditional Jewish Music and Italian-Jewish Liturgical Traditions Jerusalem, summer 1955, Published in: “Rassegna Mensile di Israel”, Tishri 5718, Ottobre 1957, Vol. XXIII, N. 10 Translated by Inga Pierson What is…

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Ethiopia 1935

Ethiopia is one of only two African countries that managed to escape colonization during Europe’s great scramble for Africa in the 1870s. Italy, a latecomer to the colonial enterprise, was…

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A Polishman among Ethiopians

  A century before global Jewry reached out to Ethiopia’s community, a researcher named Jacques Faitlovitch sowed the seeds for a future ingathering. An odd sculpture recently appeared on the…

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Jewish Settlement in Ethiopia

Plans for Mass Jewish Settlement in Ethiopia (1936-1943)   Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in the autumn of 1935, and the development of anti-Semitism in both fascist Italy 1 and Nazi…

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The Mysteries of Italian Jewry

  Many years ago, at a lunch in Princeton, a venerable professor asked me whether Jews still existed in Italy. Was it a justified question? In a sense, yes. Of…