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Jewish Lybia and Holocaust: Giado, a silence to be broken

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a ceremony to commemorate the Jews of Libya persecuted by Nazi-Fascism took place in Rome at the Verano Cemetery on the initiative of Associazione Salvaguardia Trasmissione Retaggio Ebrei di Libia (ASTREL), aimed at protecting the transmission

How evictions inspired a Jewish Italian dessert

By Michaela Hoenig*

As Jews around the world were preparing to celebrate the High Holidays, I scoured the internet to discover some Italian traditions for Rosh Hashana, and consider how they compare to the American Ashkenazi traditions that I …

The revival of the Jewish community in Sicily

By Rheanna Bello*

As we grow, we tend to have questions about our family and heritage. In my case, I learned from my father, a first-generation Italian-American, to put the pieces together. We always knew that our family most …

The dangerous game of Queen Esther

By Serena Di Nepi*

The following is an excerpt from the introduction to the new international project “Jews in Politics in Long Renaissance Italy”. Starting from a magnificent painting representing Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus by Sebastiano Ricci (1659–1733),

Portrait of an extraordinary literary witness

Over the last seventy years, Primo Levi (1919–87) has been recognized as the foremost literary witness of the extermination of the European Jews. In the book Primo Levi: An Identikit, a product of twenty years of research, Marco Belpoliti explores …

“A song will save the world”

Concentration music is such a vast and partly unexplored heritage, that the eight thousand scores that have emerged so far could one day represent “only a fragment of what was created” in the more than twenty years spanning from the …