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‘First Things’ Publishes Defense of Notorious Historic Kidnapping and Forced Conversion of Jewish Boy, Debate Ensues

A century and a half later, the Edgardo Mortara case, soon to be a Steven Spielberg film, continues to challenge the faithful

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Spielberg Takes On the Story of Edgardo Mortara

The 6-year-old Italian Jewish boy was seized by church authorities in 1858

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The Story Behind the Painting That Is the Basis for Steven Spielberg’s Next Film

The work, lost for a century, depicts Edgardo Mortara, an Italian Jewish boy seized by Church authorities

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