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Italy Seeks to Remember Sheltering Holocaust Survivors—and Aliyah Bet

As Italy celebrates the birth of the Italian Republic in 1946, its political left finds a use in reviving the history of ordinary Italians who helped WWII refugees make their way to Palestine

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Roberto Saviano, Author of ‘Gomorrah,’ Takes on Internet Nazis

Tired of internet conspiracy theories and vile anti-Semitism, the journalist turns his attention from Italy’s mafia to its white supremacists

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The Inspiring History of Europe’s Largest Jewish Publishing House

From the Talmud to contemporary Israeli fiction, Giuntina brings Jewish literature to Italy

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Italy’s Jews to Israel’s Rabbinate: Hands off Our Artichokes!

Our community has enjoyed the dish and found it kosher for hundreds of years. Stating otherwise is unnecessary and disrespectful.

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New Novel Sheds Light on the Plight of Italy’s Jews During the Holocaust

While a few in the Ovazza family cheered fascism on, most escaped in the nick of time

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A Roman Spin on the Seder Meal

While I was hosting Passover dinners in Italy, I created baccalà al ghetto, a dish that marries local ingredients with Jewish tradition

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In Israel, Italian Voters Still Love Berlusconi, But a Lot Less

The former prime minister’s embrace of the far-right in the recent elections has many Jewish fans questioning their allegiances

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Making Sense of Italy’s Mercurial Elections

The Italian people wanted change, but they couldn’t agree on what kind of change they wanted

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Unsealed Yasser Arafat Diaries Reveal Extent Of PLO-Italy Relationship

“Italy is a Palestinian shore of the Mediterranean,” Arafat wrote.

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Musical Festival Resurrects Works by Jewish Composers Murdered in the Holocaust

The Viktor Ullmann Festival helps previously unheard works find new audiences

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Prison No More

In Ferrara, a prison becomes a new museum of Italian Judaism—and of the Holocaust in Italy

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A Roman Delight on Friday Night

Carciofi alla giudìa dates back to the 16th century

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The Diary of the Italian Resistance

Emanuele Artom, a young scholar from Turin, could have become one of the greatest Jewish chroniclers of WWII. He didn’t survive. But his diaries did.

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Anne Frank’s Diary to Be Read Out Loud at All Italian Soccer Matches This Week

After hooligans use her image to taunt their cross-town rivals

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‘I’d Like to Become a Bird’

My great-great-grandmother’s letters—in Ladino—paint a portrait of the Sephardic community on the Isle of Rhodes, moments before it was destroyed in the Holocaust

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The Menorah as Symbol and Myth

A recent joint exhibit at the Vatican Museum and the Jewish Museum of Rome traced the surprising and enduring significance of the seven-branched golden object that entered ‘the temporal web of the history of humankind’

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‘I Had Fun During the Holocaust’

Documentary airing tonight on PBS tells the incredible story of three Italian brothers who return to Italy to look for the cave where they hid during the war

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Did the Great Italian Cyclist Gino Bartali Actually Save Jews During the Holocaust? An Investigation.

As the Giro d’Italia bike race begins in Jerusalem this week, a historical debate still rages over who deserves credit for the production of identity cards for Jews hidden in Florence

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A Holocaust Story From the White Pages

An ‘archaeologist of bureaucracy’ traces the ghostly lives of foreign Jews in Italy during World War II

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Celebrating 500 Years of Jewish History in a Venetian Palace

The recently opened exhibition ‘Venice, the Jews and Europe 1516-2016,’ is part of dozens of events to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the city’s Jewish Ghetto

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Boutique Italian Museum Explores History of Lecce’s Medieval Jews

Based in the cellar of an ancient synagogue that’s now a bed and breakfast, the recently opened Palazzo Taurino museum even has an old mikveh

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Italian Newspaper Offers ‘Mein Kampf’ as a Free Throw-In, Defends Its Decision

The Jewish community is up in arms, as the editor of ‘Il Giornale’ believes it’s ‘unreasonable to view the decision as a sign of support for Nazism and the movements anti-Jewish policies’

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In Italy, a Unique Connection Between Women and the Torah

Creating special Torah coverings—often from discarded scraps of fabric—has a long history for Italian women

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Finding My Jewish Home—in Rome

A trip to Italy helped me connect to my roots in a way I never had in New York or even Jerusalem. Maybe it’s something in my DNA.

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Ceremony in Venice Marks the 500th Anniversary of the First Jewish Ghetto

‘History is not always a stroll down memory lane’

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Make a Cameo Surrounding Production of ‘The Merchant of Venice’

The Supreme Court Justice will play the role of the judge in a mock trial of Jewish moneylender Shylock in Italy

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The Apostasy of Rabbi Zolli

Right after World War II, the chief rabbi of Rome scandalized fellow Jews by becoming a Christian

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Torah Scroll From 13th Century Is Restored and Returned to Italian Synagogue

The scroll from Biella, Italy, is believed to be the oldest still in use

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Primo Levi’s Unlikely Suicide Haunts His Lasting Work

A monumental new edition of the Auschwitz survivor’s complete writings shows a humanist laboring in the dark

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