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Benevolence and Betrayal

Alexander Stille, Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families Under Fascism, Picador, 2003   Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award this book is a profoundly moving history of…

Jewish Studies in Venice

  Opens in Venice the International Center for Jewish Studies The shock of the Shoah has caused too many Jewish lives and cultures to be discovered after they had been…

Piero Sraffa

Alessandro Roncaglia, Piero Sraffa: His life, thought and cultural heritage, Routledge, 2000-2009   This is a lively, intellectual biography of a leading protagonist of 20th century culture and his relations…

This Has Happened

Piera Sonnino (Ann Goldstein, translator), This Has Happened: An Italian Family in Auschwitz, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 Five years after her return home from Auschwitz, Piera Sonnino found the courage to…

A Woman from Rome

Lily Tuck, A Woman from Rome: Elsa Morante, Harper Collins, 2008 Elsa Morante was born in 1912 to an unconventional family of modest means. She grew up with an independent…

The Jews in Mussolini’s Italy

Michele Sarfatti, The Jews in Mussolini’s Italy – From Equality to Persecution, The University of Wisconsin, 2007 Often overshadowed by the persecution of Jews in Germany, the treatment of Jews…