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Reluctant Jews

PROLOGUE An Overdue Circumcision “Do you want a rabbi?”  I must have looked utterly baffled if Professor Luciano Supino, with his rosy features and aristocratically hooked nose, felt he had to explain:  “Of course, for your milah!” Utter bewilderment. “Well,…

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Fascist Antisemitism in the US

Stefano Lucani, , American Jewish Archives Journal, 56 NO. 1 & 2 (2004) Scholars have long contended that anti-Semitism in fascist Italy was a much milder version than its counterpart in Nazi Germany. In this view Italy was a latecomer to…

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Italy and the Voice of America

Sandro Gerbi, Americordo Conference, Columbia University, 2010 On the evening of January 20, 1944, in Lima, Peru, my father Antonello sat down to write a long letter to his two brothers living in New York – Giuliano, a journalist with…

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Our Life Was Divided

Stefano Luconi, Transatlantica, 2014 Introduction Migration studies have dismissed the somewhat uncritical and romantic celebration of the heroic saga of the political expatriates as professional revolutionaries who traveled the world to spread the “Idea” and allegedly lived adventurously on the…

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Max Ascoli’s The Reporter

The Max Ascoli Papers at Boston University (from The Bridge) Max Ascoli (1898-1978) created The Reporter in 1949, a magazine that became a leading voice for liberalism in America for the next 20 years. Special Collections contains the editorial files…

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The Salvador E. Luria Papers

Pioneering microbial geneticist Salvador Edward Luria was born Salvatore Luria in Turin, Italy, on August 13, 1912, the second son of David Luria, an accountant, and his wife Esther. His school years coincided with the rise of fascism in Italy,…

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