Essays

Elijah Benamozegh

Kabbalah in the Age of Reason: Elijah Benamozegh This talk was presented at the symposium “Humanism and the Rabbinic Tradition in Italy and Beyond” organized by Centro Primo Levi and …

The Time Fate Gave Us: 1938-1947

Group photo: 1938 This is the story of a group of young, ordinary people who happened to live, as Silvio Ortona put it, at an extraordinary time and who had…

The Matteotti murder, 1924-2014

The Matteotti murder and the origins of Mussolini’s totalitarian Fascist regime in Italy This paper was delivered on June 2 at Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò NYU on the occasion of…

Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Era

Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Era: Essays in Intellectual History     Research does not always proceed according to a predetermined plan. In some cases, the opposite is true:…

Gentile on Kertzer

Some Observations on Catholicism, Fascism and Totalitarianism During the Papacy of Pius XI. On David L. Kertzer’s The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise…

April 25

It took a war for everyone to understand what the regime represented, a regime highly skilled in cultivating consensus. Though it seemed like a harmless dictatorship, it wasn’t in the least.

Books Within Books

Books Within Books: Mauro Perani, passionate archeologist of the written word. Alessandro Cassin     One sensational discovery – in our media driven world – can spread the excitement from…

«I nostri compagni d’America»

«I nostri compagni d’America»: The Jewish Labor Committee and the Rescue of Italian Antifascists, 1934-1941 After the German army’s invasion of France in June 1940, hundreds of Italian antifascists, most…

Homens da Nação

Homens da Nação: the « Portuguese » of Livorno and Tunis From a very young age, I knew I was a Livornese, but I only went to Livorno for the first time…