The municipality of Florence has decided to name a garden after the illustrious Jewish psychologist Enzo Bonaventura.
Bonaventura was born in Pisa in 1891 but studied in Florence. A prolific scientist, he was expelled from the University of Florence in 1938 after the promulgation of anti-Jewish laws. He moved to British Palestine and was killed in an attack on a convoy to the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.
The garden in the University building in via Capponi has been chosen and will be renamed soon.
The initiative was originally proposed by David Meghnagi, a member of the board of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities in charge of culture, and was supported by a Florence city council member for Toponymy, Andrea Vannucci, together with all the council. Meghnagi, the director of the International Masters degree in Shoah Studies at the University of Rome 3, has recently curated the publication of the book “La psicanalisi” (The Psychoanalysis) by Bonaventura, for the publisher Marsilio.