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Valentina Pisanty in Confronting Hatred: Neo-Nazism, Antisemitism, and Holocaust Studies Today

By Janet Ward at University of Oklahoma for The Journal of Holocaust Research

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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About Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco in our book Exile and Creativity

As appearing in https://mariocastelnuovotedesco.com/

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. 

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Valentina Pisanty in EuropeNow

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,…

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Guardians of Memory?

 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…

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Giorno della Memoria 2021

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…

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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…

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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…

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Out of the Past

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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.

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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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To read the whole original manuscript, email info@primolevicenter.org and we’ll put you in touch with the author of the book or his representative. The book is available in its original version in English.
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Stateless: A Russian Childhood in Fascist Italy

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Written by Marita Dresner
Original in English


This reminiscence covers my childhood years in Italy during Fascism and up to emigrating in 1939. It is based on my archive of family letters and other material, and on my own memories of growing up. The full archive spans three generations and continents, from the end of the 19th century through the 20th. The correspondence consists of around 1,500 letters.

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"I found in Marita Dresner a living treasure: a woman who has lived a full and adventuresome life and preserved it with formidable memory, sense of humor, and critical insight," Alessandro Cassin.

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Stateless: A Russian Childhood in Fascist Italy currently hasn’t been written yet. Marita Dresner is working with a collection of notes, research and diary entries to create this piece. Contact us if you’re interested in sponsoring this book (donating towards its writing, production and translation), or if you’re interested in publishing opportunities for the book.
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