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December 19, 2016 - Kislev 19, 5777


Giulia Spizzichino, who Brought Nazi Criminal Erich Priebke to Justice, Dies at 90

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By Adam Smulevich

Giulia Spizzichino, a Jewish woman who brought Nazi criminal Erich Priebke to justice, passed away at the age of 90 last week.
A crowd of people gathered in Rome to pay their last respects to Spizzichino, who lost 26 members of her family in the Shoah and in the massacre at the Fosse Ardeatine in which Nazis, under the command of captain Priebke, killed 335 civilians.
Spizzichino, who miraculously avoided arrest many times, traveled to Argentine in the 1990s to demand the extradition of Priebke, who had been living there for decades as a normal civilian.  

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Pagine Ebraiche Illustrator Albertini in the Selection for the Grand Prix in Angoulême

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By Ada Treves

"It has been a real a surprise. Obviously, we were hoping for this, but not immediately... maybe the following year, after the release of the other volumes of Chronosquad." Giorgio Albertini, the illustrator who's been working for Pagine Ebraiche since the very beginning, is at a loss for words: to be in the official selection for the Grand Prix in Angoulême is not a small matter, and if you get there as your first time as an author, together with the well-known Grégory Panaccione (author of the drawings), the satisfaction is even greater.
img headerThe Festival International de la Bande Dessinée de Angoulême, whose 44th edition will be held at the end of January, just made public the list of the comics selected for its four categories: Sélection officielle (where Chronosquad is), Sélection Patrimoine , Sélection Jeunesse and Sélection Polar. Among the candidates only two authors are Italians: besides Albertini there is the famous Zerocalcare, with the French translation of “Kobane Calling” published by Cambourakis, in Italian by Bao Publishing.
Last November, Pagine Ebraiche special section Comic & Jews, dedicated to the relationship between comics and Jewish culture, presented the first album of Chronosquad - Lune de miel à l'âge du bronze - that had just been released and had already won excellent reviews by many critics.
Published in France by Delcourt, it is a book so full of subtle references that it would deserve an apparatus of notes, necessary to appreciate, as an example, that the dialogues that take place at the time of the ancient Egyptians are faithful transcriptions, no letters in casual order. Many are the references to Jewish culture, starting with the name of the protagonist, who is called Bloch, as the historian Marc Bloch, or Silverberg - the evil character who will have a central role in the second volume, "Chronosquad T2: Destination révolution, dernier appel.” The volume will be out in January, paying an homage to Robert Silverberg, the American science fiction writer, editor and editorial writer, winner of many awards who much has worked on time travel, the central theme of Chronosquad.

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Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah Appoints Its Scientific Committee

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By Pagine Ebraiche Staff

The Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah in Ferrara (MEIS) has appointed its scientific committee. The committee features experts in the field of Jewish tradition, cultural heritage, historical research, interfaith dialogue, sociology, and communication.
Although the museum has already organized exhibitions and events, the building of the Museum is still under renovation and construction and it is expected to be completed by 2020.
As explained by MEIS president Dario Disegni and MEIS director Simonetta Della Seta, the committee will have the task of supporting the museum “with original and highly qualified contributions, which will enable it to fully fulfill its mission of promoting the knowledge of Judaism and the bi-millennial Italian Jewish experience to the society at large. The MEIS is set to be an open and inclusive institution, promoting the value of dialogue and encounters among different cultures.”

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bechol lashon - Deutsch

Venice Ghetto +500


Der lombardische Fotograf Edegildo Zava (Bild oben (c) Ghetto Venice) erzählt in seinem vor Jahren entstanden Bilderzyklus „Venetian Ghetto: The very first“ von einem beinah menschenleeren Ghetto mit seinen in die Höhe schießenden Bauten, die Venedigs Skyline bilden. Luigi Viola, venezianischer Multimedia-Artist, greift in seinem neuen Video „Der Himmel über dem Ghetto“ nach Details in der oberen Perspektive und begibt sich auf eine Reise in eine andere Dimension, die einfühlsam musikalisch untermalt wird. Die seit einigen Jahren im venezianischen Ghetto – heute ein Viertel wie alle anderen – lebende israelische Künstlerin Michal Meron läßt die Geschichte vom Ghetto in strahlenden Farben wieder aufleben.

*www.hagalil.com, 28.11.2016



Reification of Femininity and Land


By Yaakov Mascetti*

The story of Jacob's only daughter, Dinah, is one of silence, violence, rape, forced love, abduction and mass murder, lies and truth, words and things. Dinah is, says Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch, a young, curious woman, who wanted to visit the women of Shechem, talk to them and interact. From the perspective of a modern reader, the story of Dinah is a typical narrative of gendered movement from "within" (house, tent, tribe, father's house, etc.) to "without" (the city, the public sphere, a different population, the unwarranted meeting with other women, etc.). Due to the fact that Dinah is presented in Genesis 34 as the "daughter whom Leah had borne to Jacob," Rashi addresses the curious description stating that the "Scripture calls her [thus] … just because she 'went out'" and thus "she is called Leah’s daughter, since she, too, was fond 'of going out' (Genesis Rabbah 80:1), as it is said (30:16) 'and Leah went out to meet him'. With an allusion to her they formulated the proverb: 'Like mother, like daughter'."

*Yaakov Mascetti holds a Ph.D. and teaches at the Department of Comparative Literature, Bar Ilan University.

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What Lies ahead in the 21st Century
for the Jewish Press in Europe

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By Jonathan Benedek*

In the age of the Internet and social media, news updates arrive instantaneously through the paperless Internet as well as through the diverse array of social media platforms.
“Newspapers find themselves to be in a state with dwindling subscribers,” noted Richard Ferrer, a writer and editor for Britain’s Jewish News publication, to European Jewish Press (EJP). “People are no longer looking at newspapers, so media outlets must focus on providing a product that is more fitting for the next generation.”
Like almost all other media outlets in today’s day and age, Ferrer and his publication had to adapt by complementing printed media with much more novel and contemporary mediums and tools of today’s day and age.
“We are an editorial company that produces around 90% of our content in writing,” he added. “ But we extend our brand with live events and video content, as well as audience participation even though our output is primarily in print.”
But what has apparently stayed constant for Jewish media outlets in Europe is a demand in the market for their content.
“The public has a passion for Jewish news rather than local news, so we are providing a public service,” said Ferrer. “It’s a public service, even for Jews that are completely unaffiliated.
Guido Vitale, an experienced Jewish journalist in Italy, is in full agreement with Ferrer with regards to Jewish media serving a public need and interest.
“In Europe, there exists a market with plenty of people who are interested in the Jewish media,” Vitale told EJP. “There are plenty of people who are not Jewish and who are interested in Jewish media, even in Italy where there are not so many Jewish people.”

*This article was published in the European Jewish Press on December 12, 2016.

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of Responsibility


By Guido Vitale

"Somewhere between media and social media — between familiar ideas about politics and the news and the ones that underpin the world we live in today — platforms changed from responsibilities into abdications of responsibility" (John Herrman, The New York Times Magazine)

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A Syrian Jew’s message
to Aleppo


By Ben Sales*

Although Poopa Dweck has never been to Aleppo, her New Jersey home evokes the smells of a kitchen in the now-ravaged Syrian city.
Dweck was born after her parents left the once-bustling metropolis in 1947, but she still calls it her “homeland.” She has dedicated herself to maintaining and teaching the recipes of the Syrian Jewish community, authoring the cookbook “Aromas of Aleppo.”
And she has straightforward advice for the tens of thousands of refugees who have fled the Aleppo as the Syrian government and its allies have bombed the city in recent weeks, creating horrific scenes of destruction: Keep your traditions and don’t give up hope.

*The article was published in The Jewish Telegraphic Agency on December 15, 2016.

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