CULTURE Celebrating Jewish Books in Ferrara

ferraraBy Adam Smulevich

A new edition of the Ferrara Jewish Book Festival will take place this from April 25 to 28.The festival is organized by the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah (MEIS) directed by Riccardo Calimani. It is also supported by the Union of Italian Jewish Communities and local institutions. The four day Festival will include prestigious guests who will talk about their books and the main issues of contemporary society. Among them will be Patrick Modiano, the Nobel Prize winner for literature in 2014. Mr. Modiano will receive a special award named the “Pardes” along with with Auschwitz survivor, Sami Modiano and scholar Anna Foa.

“Freedom” is the keyword of the Festival which will begin at the exact moment that Italy commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end the Second World War and the end of Nazi occupation of the country.

Among the initiatives on the agenda is a two day event about Jewish Life in Italy. There will be discussions about Jews and Fascism, a panel discussing Marranos and the converted Jews under the Inquisition. One of the opening events is dedicated to the famous cyclist, Gino Bartali, who saved many Jews during the Second World War and was recently recognized as a “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem.

The exposition “Torah, Source of Life”, curated by Sharon Reichel, will be the final meeting point of the suggestive “Jewish White Night” that will open the Festival.

Many events were coordinated by the editorial staff of Pagine Ebraiche.

The complete program for the Festival is available on the website