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November 11th, 2014 - Cheshwan 16th, 5775

The Magic Mountain
by Guido Vitale*

In a brief touring production that included engagements in Italy, the amazing actors of the Slovenian National Theatre of Ljubljana and of the Slovenian Theatre of Trieste presented an exciting new adaptation of Thoman Mann's novel The Magic Mountain. In this masterpiece of twentieth-century literature, a stunning tableau of the foundational ideas of Western identity and of our identity as contemporary Jews, the role of Lodovico Settembrini - the Italian intellectual whom Mann uses to symbolize freedom of thought - is interpreted by the great actor Igor Samobor. The same actor also recently starred in the film Class Enemy, directed by twenty-nine year old Rok Biček, which following its victory at the Venice Film Festival is now playing in European cinemas. The scene where his character - a strict high school teacher of German - explains to his students the essence of Nazism is one of the most memorable moments among this season's films.

*Guido Vitale is the editor-in-chief of Pagine Ebraiche.
Italian Word of the Week:
by Daniela Gross

It is a really old fashioned word. Nowadays, if in Italian you say “filmini” (the singular is “filmino”), the youths probably won’t understand what in the world you mean. It is a word that reminds us of some old aunt who, more than forty years ago, used to torture entire families in order to film them during a dinner or a trip. “Filmini” is, in fact, the Italian diminutive of the English word “film/movie”, and it mainly indicates “family movies” aimed at preserving memories and  faces through the years.

Neglected and often thrown away by families, those old movies represent a fundamental and irreplaceable patrimony for historians. Thanks to those images, one can capture details or habits otherwise impossible to be detected along with new unexpected details.
This is the reason why, in the last decades, much research aimed at finding audiovisual materials about the Italian Jewish world have started across Italy, Israel and other countries.

If you consider how dramatic the Shoah’s impact was, and how many documents, pictures, book, or journals were then destroyed, it’s easy to understand how rare those fragile visual materials are. The study of many of these filmini has brought about many important discoveries. However, the recent discovery and restoration of the “filmini” of two Roman Jewish families, which you can read about in this issue, is something really special, joyful and helpful to the reconstruction of our history.
For the Future Rome Holocaust Museum, a Step Forward 
By Rossella Tercatin

The winner of the tender for the construction of the Rome Holocaust Museum was announced last week. As reported by the Italian press, the building firm SAC, headed by the Roman entrepreneur Emiliano Cerasi was selected from among 23 other companies. The firm also built the Opera House in Florence and the Maxxi, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome.
For the yet-to-be-built Rome Holocaust Museum, the past few months have not been easy.
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The First Pages
of Europa Ebraica

By Francesca Matalon

“We talk about Jewish Europe more and more often. Aside from the significance that Europe has for the Jews, and the geopolitical role that the region and its institutions play, there are many other reasons to talk about it.” This is how the editor-in-chief of the editorial staff of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities Guido Vitale presents the creation of the new Europa Ebraica newspaper which is published in collaboration with the European Jewish Fund.
The first issue marks an attempt to gather together all news regarding Jewish Europe into a fully dedicated magazine. It is currently distributed with all the editions; printed and electronic, in the November issue of Pagine Ebraiche.
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The Value of Memory
By Ada Treves

The international conference entitled, "Memory and the Loss of Property," was held in Trieste last week as part of the activities of the "Laboratorio permanente sulla Memoria e sull’uso della Storia” (The Permanent Workshop on Memory and the Use of History). The center, supported by the provincial administration in accordance with the municipality, the Department of Humanities of the university of Trieste and the Jewish community is devoted to promoting and deepening the reflection on historical themes, with a special interest of the twentieth century. This is a long-term project which aims to reaffirm the centrality of Trieste not only as a meeting place for all minorities, but also as a place for reflection and knowledge of those who have suffered, seeking to return to the Adriatic city - the capital and meeting place of minorities in Europe - a sense for history and memory
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Restored Footage Shows pre-Holocaust Italian Jewish Life
By Rachel Silvera

The Della Seta family had a secret box kept in their house in Rome. Every time someone tried to open it, one of the family members would cry out loudly: "Be careful, it is fragile, it is flammable!" Claudio Della Seta knew what was inside the box: a piece of his past, a piece of his roots; family footage of his grandparents Jewish wedding which took place in Rome in 1923. However the film was too old to be screened so he had never been able to see the movie. Until today.
Thanks to Maria Cristina Misiti, director of the ICRCPAL, the Central Institute of Restoration and Conservation of Archive and Library Heritage (Institute of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage - MiBAC) and Mario Musumeci from the National Film Archive, the Della Seta family movie was restored and digitalized.

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Sarah Kaminski, University of Turin

בכל שנה בסוף אוקטובר מתנהל בטורינו "סלון הטעם", עם מאות דוכנים המציעים מיני אוכל שיחודם בהיותם טבעיים, קשורים אמיצות למסורת חקלאית עתיקה או מחודשת ומקדמים תרבות קולינארית שאינה נחלת מביני דבר בלבד. וכך בין גריסיני מפיימטונה להרינג מנורבגיה חשבתי על ספרה של קלאודיה רודן על האוכל היהודי. "הפוך בה והפוך בה וכולה בה", כל מטעמי היהדות וסיפורי הקהילות בספר אחד. אולי כדאי לערוך יריד בין לאומי לאוכל יהודי?
קלאודיה רודן, ספר הבישול היהודי – מזרח ומערב, מודן, 1998.

Double Life - Jerusalem

By Daniela Fubini*

Jerusalem is burning, again, and there is barely anything new to report except for the fireworks. Yes, fireworks: used as a weapon instead of an expression of joy.
This time around, the underemployed youth of East Jerusalem are given borderline weapons, abandoned the usual stones who can really hurt but have no visual effect. In the era of the selfies, in the age of the mandatory recording on video of anything we do, beginning with what we eat or cook, with whom we meet and how beautiful the daily sunset from our window, the street fighting against the Israeli police needs to make noise, and better if sound and light are involved too. Hence, the fireworks are just perfect. They sound like bombs, and reach a perfect effect when mixed with Molotov bombs, adding a long lasting fire on the ground.

*Daniela Fubini (Twitter @d_fubini) lives and writes in Tel Aviv, where she arrived in 2008 from Turin via New York.

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