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Public programs

Centro Primo Levi’s programs explore the diversity of the Italian Jewish experience and take inspiration from Primo Levi’s humanism and his quest to explore the past and understand different aspects of the world we inhabit.

Italian Jewish Studies Seminars

A collaborative initiative of Centro Primo Levi with the NYU departments of Italian, History and Judaic Studies and Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò to develop a context for the study of Italian Jewish history, generally absent from curricula of Italian studies and only marginally featured in Jewish Studies programs.

Italian Jews, the oldest minority in Europe, have lived in the peninsula since Roman times, producing a unique cultural milieu, and often acting as liaisons to neighboring societies.

Primo Levi Forum

Readings, roundtables and presentation periodically connect scholars and practitioners from the many fields of the humanities and sciences that defined Levi’s intellectual horizon. Year after year, contributions from all over the world demonstrate

the inspirational capacity of Levi’s work and the creative power of his journeys across disciplines. Translated in over 40 languages, Levi’s work transcends cultural boundaries and comes to plays often unexpected roles in different cultures.


Studies and research on the history of the anti-Jewish persecution in Italy, fascism and the post-war construction of memory. A collaborative effort of the Consulate General of Italy, Centro Primo Levi, the Italian Cultural Institute, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò,

the Italian Academy at Columbia University, CUNY’s John Calandra Italian American Institute and Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi and the Bronx High School of Science. Selected programs are held under the auspices of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

CPL Editions & Printed Matter

Slavery and Conversion in Papal Rome

June 20, 2021Printed Matter

Scholar of forced baptisms Marina Caffiero talks about the House of Catechumens and the various groups that were forcibly or voluntarily interned there to be converted to Catholicism. Like ghettos a product of the Papal...

Marina Jarre’s Distant Fathers

June 20, 2021Printed Matter

Rewarding memoirs, like portraits, introduce us to a central character interacting with his or her world at a specific time in history. We are drawn to a memoir when all those elements come alive and acquire relevance for the reader. Mar...

A Memory of Le Murate

April 8, 2021Printed Matter

I was released from Le Murate three days ago. In my section, there was an inmate from Prato – the nicest man, who had been “in” for the past fourteen months for some textile deal gone wrong. He knew all the ins of the prison rules and...

Remembering Nedo Fiano z’l

January 24, 2021Printed Matter

What has characterized my whole life has been my deportation to the Nazi extermination camps. My entire family ended in Auschwitz with me; they were all exterminated. At eighteen, I was orphaned, and this devastating experience made me...

Legitimizing Fascism Through the Holocaust?

August 26, 2020Printed Matter

As the Holocaust becomes increasingly present in the political discourse in the US, Europe and Israel, we republish this reflection by Emiliano Perra written in 2010. The article surveys the transformation of the public image of the...

A Note From A Refugee of 75 Years Ago

August 17, 2020Printed Matter

You are right in that that the spiritual tensions in the man can be eased by telling someone about them, what is more, I say that such tensions can be eased only by telling about them, what I can say from my own experience, because...

Never Again What?

August 17, 2020Printed Matter

The ongoing relevance of Levi’s work is not its ecumenical lesson against intolerance—in the vein of Anne Frank’s diary for instance—but rather its ability to draw out the contradictory essence of dehumanization and resilience while...

Reluctant Jews

August 17, 2020Printed Matter

I have followed the evolution of the relationship with Judaism over two generations: that of my parents (my father was Sephardic, and my mother, Ashkenazi) and my own. These were all increasingly secularized Jews (this I mean by...


August 17, 2020Printed Matter

The ease with which man adapts to weightlessness is a fascinating mystery. Considering that for many people travel by sea or even by car can cause bouts of nausea, one can’t help feeling perplexed. During month-long spells in space the...

Concentrated Modernity

August 17, 2020Printed Matter

Trial and length of imprisonment were not a part of the decision to send people to Boven Digoel and Theresienstadt. The people going to the two camps were never allowed to know the trajectory of their lives from the point of their...

Defoe as Possible Model

August 17, 2020Printed Matter

The structure of History, a Novel, departs substantially from Morante’s previous novels and poses some interesting interpretative questions. While critics have often pointed to similarities with the narrative structure of 19th-century ...

Cinema as Archive

August 17, 2020Printed Matter

The memory Gitai is trying to archive is that of the foundation and striving of a young country: contradictions, aspirations, violence, opportunities, beauty, and all. He wants to preserve the competing narratives that constitute the...

From the Levant to the Tropics

August 17, 2020Printed Matter

It was from here, from the chaotic, sunny and tropical city of Rio de Janeiro, that most of the sources of Sarah Abrevaya Stein’s recently published book Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey through the twentieth-century (Farrar, Straus...

Research & Learning

Primo Levi

March 9, 2016home

Primo Levi's life and work through archives and research institutions, a short film and an anthology of essays....


March 16, 2016home

A literary and historical journey through the Jewish treasures of the Italian regions Read More


March 17, 2016home

Created in memory of Erna Finci Viterbi z”l, this resource aims at sharing with users across the world the Italian Jewish liturgy and cantorial traditions Coming Soon

The Shoah in Italy

March 17, 2016home

A brief guide to the study of the persecution of the Jews in Italy based on material provided by the Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation in Milan....


March 17, 2016home

Documenting the lives of Italian Jewish exiles in America, their struggles and achievements, through research, oral history and family albums....


March 17, 2016home

Representing Jews in Italian film and documentary. Italian Jewish history in film....

Italian Jewish Press

March 17, 2016home

Guided portal to the Italian Jewish press of 19th and 20th centuries. Created in collaboration with the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Coming Soon

From & For the Press

Valentina Pisanty in EuropeNow

April 7, 2021Press

Alexis Herr The Guardians of Memory and the Return of the Xenophobic Right (CPL Editions 2020) by Valentina Pisanty addresses the dramatic rise in racism and intolerance among countries where memory of the Holocaust is pursued wi...

The Oral History Center: Los Corassones Avlan

February 28, 2020Press

We all have stories in our archives.  We know it is best to bring the stories out, for people to hear and see them.  But how?  One idea:   Involve the narrator, maybe she or he will have an idea.  That was the case in a recent ev...

I.Italy: The Life of a “Foreign Italian”

February 14, 2020Press

Leo Yeni, an Artist’s Paper Life, presented by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in collaboration with Centro Primo Levi showcases the life and struggles of a man through his art. To some, the show, curated by Cynthia Madansky, is an i...

Devoted Messenger: Eleanor Foa

December 6, 2019Press

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Editors’ picks from our partners and elsewhere

The Primo Levi Archive in Turin

October 12, 2016Advertising, Editor Pick

The International Primo Levi Studies Center offers scholars and students access to Primo Levi's work and to research on different aspects of his writing. The archive collects the editions of his works, translations, critical...

CDEC Digital Library

October 12, 2016Editor Pick

  CDEC Digital Library a web portal dedicated to the history, culture and traditions of the Jews in Italy from the emancipation era the present as well as to the largest collection, library and research body on the history of...

Archivio Ebraico Terracini

October 12, 2016Editor Pick

The Archive of the Jewish traditions and customs Benvenuto and Alessandro Terracini collects and preserves objects, documents and books from the Jewish tradition of Piemonte. Established almost forty years ago in Turin by a bequest of...

Jewish Museum of Rome

October 12, 2016Editor Pick

Discover the Jewish Museum of Rome's mappoth collection. Traditionally used to cover the sacred text between readings of different portions, these beautifully embroidered textiles are testimony to centuries of Jewish life in Rome. 

Fondazione Fossoli

October 22, 2016Editor Pick

The Fossoli Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the concentration camp of Fossoli (Carpi, Modena) in its various phases (POW camp, national concentration/transit camp for Jews, DP camp and orphanage). The...

Franco Antonicelli Archive

October 22, 2016Editor Pick

Writer, public intellectual and publisher Franco Antonicelli was among the early opposers of Fascism, an activist of Giustizia e Libertà and later in the Comitato di Liberazione. He was responsible fo the first publication of Primo Le...

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