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LEADERS Fresh Air for the Italian Jewish Youth

ugeiBy Francesca Matalon

The new board of the Italian Union of Jewish Students (UGEI) elected last week in Milan is a breath of fresh air for Italian Jewish youth (there had not been a board since the Congress which took …

ITALIAN PORTRAITS Rita, a Life for Science

By Jazmine Pignatello*

Rita Levi-Montalcini was born to a wealthy Italian Jewish family in Turin in 1909. Although she had literary aspirations early in life, she was inspired to become a doctor after the loss of a close family friend …

ITALIAN PORTAITS Arnaldo Momigliano, a Life for Historiography

momiglianoBy Lauren Waldman*

“Historians are supposed to be discoverers of truths,” this simple adage by Arnaldo Momigliano can help us understand his drive to investigate the history of the ancient world.

Momigliano was an Italian Jew, which already gave him …

ITALIAN PORTRAITS Giorgio Bassani. Each Book, a New Life

bassaniBy Sabina Muccigrosso*

“In life, if one wants seriously to understand how the world works, he must die at least once” (Garden of the Finzi-Continis, 1962). And die more than once was what Giorgio Bassani did, if you consider each …