Interview with Valentina Pisanty on her book The Guardians of Memory and the Return of the Xenophobic Right (New York: Centro Primo Levi Editions, 2021), a provocative investigation of the weaknesses of dominant Holocaust memory culture, which often ends up being appropriated by illiberal and xenophobic forces.
The six contributions to Volume 35, Number 2 of The Journal of Holocaust Research (2021), ‘Confronting Hatred: Neo-Nazism, Antisemitism, and Holocaust Studies Today,’ were first presented at events organized by Janet Ward (University of Oklahoma) and Gavriel Rosenfeld (Fairfield University), including a seminar at a conference of the German Studies Association (October 2019, in Portland, Oregon), and a roundtable at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting (January 2020, in New York City). By inviting a group of German and American scholars to collaborate and explore the complicated continuities between the fascist past and today, amid the rise of populism, racism, antisemitism, and white ethno-nationalism in the United States, Germany, and beyond, we deepened our collective understanding of the connections and challenges for our teaching, scholarship, and public outreach. Mindful of the need for a more effective scholar-activist approach, this JHR special issue offers the first grouping of research emanating from our discussions; and our other, equally urgent focus, ‘Fascism in America, Past and Present,’ is currently a work-in-progress (coedited by Gavriel Rosenfeld and Janet Ward).
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Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco is among the men and women featured in Exile and Creativity, a volume of essays inspired by a series of programs held in 2017-18 by the Italian Cultural Institute in New York jointly with Centro Primo Levi. The essays examine the lives of intellectuals, artists, and scientists who were forced into or chose exile during the Fascist era. Among those highlighted in the book are the Nobel-prize winning physicist Enrico Fermi, the sculptor Costantino Nivola, the writer and cultural figure Amelia Rosselli, and the legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini.
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 with the greatest vigor and,…
CPL Editions book launch: THE GUARDIANS OF MEMORY AND THE RETURN OF THE XENOPHOBIC RIGHT by Valentina Pisanty with a preface by Michael Rothberg Presentation on February 16 at 2:00 pm (EST) Register for the event: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0KlXe3e5SnSqIdaNUhVrFw Panelists: Valentina Pisanty (University…
One spring day in 1937, two Italian men were found murdered on a country road in Normandy; their carotid arteries had been severed. Carlo Rosselli and his younger brother Nello had fled to France from Fascist Italy.
For immediate release Giorno della Memoria 2021: Looking back at Twenty Years of Activity January 27, 2021 will mark twenty years since the first commemoration of Giorno della Memoria (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in Italy. In New York, each year, the…
The Guardians of Memory and the Return of the Xenophobic Right By Valentina Pisanty Translated by Alaistar McEwan with a preface by Michael Rothberg Valentina Pisanty’s The Guardians of Memory opens with a paradox and a question. The paradox derives…
Fleeing for Safety: From Mantua to Switzerland Edited by Alessandro Vivanti Translated by Will Schutt The book combines two accounts, one picking up where the other leaves off, like the passing of a torch. The son, Corrado Vivanti, opens with…
Written by Claudio Gerbi
Original in English
This book, a delightful blend of history and personal anecdotes, traces the Gerbi family over almost five hundred years, from the late middle ages to the present era.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Claudio Gerbi, was born in Florence, Italy, in 1907 and died in New York City in 1990. He studied medicine and practiced in Milan before moving to the USA in 1938, escaping the Racial Laws. He conducted research in hypertension at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, served as a district physician in Boston, and moved to New York in 1942. Dr. Gerbi was a faculty member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, where he taught internal medicine. He retired in 1979. Much loved by his patients (including a sizable number of the Italian Jews who had fled to New York), Dr. Gerbi had a general practice in Manhattan for 37 years.
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