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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

        Giorgio Bassani, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Everyman’s Library, 2005 “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is first and foremost a love story and on quite a different…

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…

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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…

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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…

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In Praise of Imperfection

Rita Levi Montalcini, In Praise of Imperfection: My Life and Work, Sloan Catering Foundation Science Series, 1988 “This memoir, by one of the world’s most prominent scientific investigators of the…