Essays

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«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…

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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…

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Delasem

DELASEM. The Unhailed Organization That Assisted Thousands of Jewish Refugees. Interview by Alessandro Cassin From Hitler’s raise to power in 1933 up to the early 1940’s, Italy was one of…

Purim and Kippurim

        Courtesy www.morasha.it The feast of Purim commemorates an event which took place 2500 years ago in Persia, during the reign of Assuero.  The Book of Esther…

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Listening to Silence

Visiting the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, one is struck by the silence. It is not real silence, after all the birds go about their business and so do the…

Pope Pius XII & the people of Rome

Pius XII and the 16th of October, 1943

Pius XII and the 16th of October, 1943 This article appeared in the journal “Italia” edited by Robert Bonfil, The Hebrew University Magnes Press, vol. XXI, 2012. Centro Primo Levi…

Portico d’Ottavia 13

      Anna Foa, Portico d’Ottavia 13: Una casa del ghetto nel lungo inverno del ’4, Laterza 2014 Review by Andrea Grover Anna Foa’s , Portico D’Ottavia 13:  Una…

Devoto’s Oral Archive (1987-1989)

        Tuscan Memories of the Nazi Deportation: Devoto’s Oral Archive (1987-1989) Andrea Devoto (1927-1994) was an Italian psychologist, a professor of Social Psychology and the director of the Ospedale Psichiatrico in Maggiano (Lucca) and the Ospedale…

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Hearing Jewish

Hearing Jewish, Writing Italian  Reconsidering the Written Sources of Italian Jewish Music The earliest historical sources that document the development of Jewish musical culture in Italy are a series of…

Luigi Dallapiccola’s musical innovations

        Collateral Damage: Luigi Dallapiccola’s Musical Innovations Caught Between Tyranny and Ideology Alessandro Cassin With a riveting concert performance of Luigi Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero, Alan Gilbert and…