A delegation of Italian students embark
on the MIUR-UCEI Remembrance Journey
100 Italian students and teachers have participated in the Journey of
Remembrance organized by the Ministry of Education (MIUR) in
collaboration with the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI) ahead
of Holocaust Remembrance Day which takes place on January 27.
Minister Lucia Azzolina and UCEI President Noemi Di Segni have
accompanied the students, together with David Ermini, current
vicepresident of the High Council of the Judiciary.
The itinerary included the Cracow ghetto and the camp of
Auschwitz-Birkenau, as well as an event at the Temple synagogue, where
Di Segni, Azzolina and Ermini have signed a joint protocol aimed to
encourage "awareness, training and study activities in institutions of
all levels and degrees, to combat all forms of discrimination and
2020 ‘Run for Mem’ to take place in Livorno
Ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day, the event “Run for Mem” is gearing up for its forth edition.
The non-competitive race aims to remember "the dramatic events of the
Holocaust and the Second World War, while transmitting a message of
hope, conveyed by the positive values of a day dedicated to sport
shared with all citizens".
The 2020 edition is going to take on Sunday, January 26 in Livorno
(Leghorn), as usual organized by the Union of Italian Jewish
Communities (UCEI) and the local Jewish Community.
The route will cover about seven kilometers departing from the
Benamozegh square, in front of the synagogue. The Honorary guest once
again will be Israeli Olympic runner Shaul Ladany, who survived the
Nazi camp of Bergen Belsen and the Palestinian attack in Munich '72.
Alongside Ladany, two Italian athletes who won a gold medal in fencing
in Munich, Rolando Rigoli and Mario Aldo Montano, will attend and share
their memories. Italian hurdler Fabrizio Mori will also be a special
guest at the event.
New Stolpersteine stones installed
in Florence and Bologna
By Pagine Ebraiche staff*
Several new stolpersteine stones commemorating the victims
of the Holocaust were laid down in Florence last week and more are
scheduled to be installed before January 23, for a total of 24 new
stumbling blocks. Other stolpersteine were installed in Bologna.
Created by German artist Gunter Demnig, the stones are commemorative
brass plaques placed in the pavement in front of the last address of
victims of the Nazi-Fascism regimes. Every stone reads the name, date
of birth and death of the person it commemorates. Several thousand have
already been placed in hundreds of cities all over Europe.
Six stones were laid in via del Gelsomino, honoring Rabbi Rodolfo Levi,
his wife Rina Procaccia, their daughter Noemi, his sister-in-law
Daniela Procaccia with her husband Angelo Sinigaglia and their daughter
Ada. The ceremony was attended by Demnig, Florence deputy mayor
Cristina Giachi, President of the Jewish Community David Liscia, chief
rabbi Gadi Piperno and Archbishop Giuseppe Betori.
lashon - Français
L’Australie en feu
L’Australie est en flammes. Des mois d’incendies, la mort d’un
demi-milliard d’animaux, cent-mille personnes déplacées. Et ça ne va
pas s’arrêter. S’il n’y avait autant de morts, notamment d’animaux,
autant d’espèces éteintes, autant de douleur et de peur chez les
humains, on pourrait lui accorder le statut de dernier avertissement.
Mais peut-être que nous avons déjà dépassé ce stade, et on manque de
Foa, historienne. Traduit par Claudia Azzalini et révisé par Mattia
Stefani, étudiants de l’École Supérieure pour Traducteurs et
Interprètes de l’Université de Trieste et stagiaires au journal de
l’Union des communautés juives italiennes.
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Time to take stock
By David Bidussa*
It is time to take stock. The Holocaust Remembrance Day turns 20. I ask
myself many questions, two often come back to me. The first: in these
20 years the Shoah has been the most remembered event, the subject of
commemorative, educational and television projects. #NeverAgain is a
viral hashtag. The second: in the last twenty years intolerance has
returned to be the most widespread feeling, including those countries
that have made the Remembrance of the Holocaust an identity symbol. All
right? Nothing to say?
*David Bidussa is a
historian of social ideas.
Berenice, the Jewish Queen of Rome,
and the Origins of Replacement Theory
By Fredric Brandfon*
earliest example of the fear that Jews might overturn and replace the
social order with their own people probably occurred in Rome during the
first century CE. A circumstance arose that threatened Roman dominion
over the Mediterranean world: The Flavian family line was in danger of
being replaced through a Jewish takeover.
In 70 CE, the Roman Emperor Vespasian’s son, Titus, had defeated the
Judean rebellion, destroying Jerusalem and the Second Temple. However,
once victorious, he chose as his willing consort Berenice, the sister
of Agrippa II, the former king of conquered Judaea. This choice was not
so odd as it may sound: Berenice and her brother had opposed the Jewish
revolt from the beginning. Along with the spoils of the Temple, Titus
brought Berenice back to Rome, where, according to Cassius Dio (Roman
History LXV 15), she lived with him as if she were his empress,
exerting considerable power.
*The article was published in Tablet on January 13, 2020.
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