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Hope and fear

By David Bidussa*

Centuries of modernity, told us years ago Jean Delumeau in his La peur en Occident, have unwrapped in mounting tension between hope and fear. So, along with ostentatious confidences, we saw terrifying monsters everywhere: the devil, …

To Mariana Prokopovych

By Alberto Cavaglion*

The tragic news from Ukraine sparked two memories. To bring them down from the attic of memory came the catalog of a beautiful exhibition of portraits by Carlo Levi promoted by the Giorgio Amendola Foundation in …

Gergiev and the fallacies of the intellectual

By Dario Calimani

I don’t really like Valerij Gergiev, but it is said that he is a very good (Russian) conductor. I don’t like his gesturality, exaggerated in my opinion, and his blank face, but it is a matter of …

A symbol of innocence

By Anna Foa*

There is a video, circulating on social media, that shows a man in Ukraine who tries to stop with his bare hands a Russian tank and then kneels to do it. A very explicit symbol of …

It can happen

By David Bidussa*

On November 4, 1956, the Red Army troops enter Budapest. They arrest all the members of the reformist government and order to surrender their arms. The philosopher György Lukács, Minister of Culture, lays on the table …

A Debt to history: Libyan Jews and Italy’s colonial legacy

By Jeremy Silverstein*

In 2012, the Jewish-Italian Holocaust survivor Messauda Fadlun received a startling demand from the Italian government. For several years, she had been the recipient of a state pension extended as restitution to those who had suffered …

Directives Cachées

Par Anna Segre

Les “directives administratives pour combattre l’antisémitisme dans les écoles” ont été envoyées à tous les professeurs par mail. Transférées par la Proviseure sans aucun commentaire, elles se perdent parmi les communications de tous les jours: des élèves …

A devastating question

By Anna Foa*

A few days ago, in an intervention from remote in a school in Lazio, I was talking about October 16, 1943 [the day the Raid of the Ghetto of Rome took place]. Senior high school students, …

Remembrance and Judaism

By Angelica Edna Calò Livne

In January and during the Pesach, on the day chosen by Israel to commemorate the Holocaust and Heroism, we think about the horrors of the Shoah more than ever. The pictures, the memories, the stories …

Antisemitism is always bad

By Gadi Polacco

“Right on Holocaust Remembrance Day’s week”, has been frequently remarked when commenting on the details of the physical and verbal aggression recently inflicted on a 12 years old Jewish boy in the province of Livorno by two …