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Italian Jewish Culture in Denver

The culture of Italian Jewry is unlike any other Jewish culture in the world.  Their history goes back more than 2000 years to before the first exile from Jerusalem after…

The Nação in the Eternal City

James Nelson Novoa, Being the Nação in the Eternal City: New Christian Lives in Sixteenth-Century Rome (Peterborough, Ontario: Baywolf Press, 2014) James Nelson Novoa’s Being the Nação in the Eternal…

Monumenti per difetto

Adachiara Zevi, Monumenti per difetto: dalle Fosse Ardeatine alle pietre d’inciampo, Donzelli, 2014 The title of this publication announces a short history of monuments “by defect”, but just what sort…

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…

Miracle on 12th Street

Riapre a NY la prima libreria italiana d’America For independent bookstores, New York is a cemetery scattered with crosses: Gotham and Coliseum were gone in the first decade of this…

Giovanni Enriques

Centro Primo Levi congratulates Sandro Gerbi On November 21st, the cultural historian and journalist Sandro Gerbi will be awarded the 2014 Premio Biella—a book prize devoted to the intersections of…

Max Ascoli

How Special Collections archival holdings tell the story of our time The Max Ascoli Archive Archivio del Senato Max Ascoli (1898-1978) created The Reporter in 1949, a magazine that became…

A Woman’s Resistance

The woman who invented the Italian resistance Ian Thomson reviews a Partisan Diary: A Woman’s Life in the Italian Resistance, by Ada Gobetti, translated and edited by Jomarie Alano. This…

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…