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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…

The Mysteries of Italian Jewry

  Many years ago, at a lunch in Princeton, a venerable professor asked me whether Jews still existed in Italy. Was it a justified question? In a sense, yes. Of…

Oratorio di Castro: 100 Years

L’oratorio Di Castro, Cento anni di ebraismo a Roma (1914-2014) Her name was Grazia Pontecorvo, and she was the widow of Salvatore Di Castro. She died in 1909 and left…

Isacco Lampronti

Contemporary Science and Jewish Law in the Eyes of Isaac Lampronti of Ferrara and Some of His Contemporaries The Jewish community of Ferrara in the first half of the eighteen…

Did the Germans Do It All?

Did the Germans Do It All? The Italian Shoah in International Historiography (1946-1986) This essay examines how the main historical writings in languages other than Italian (mostly English) published in…