How Primo Levi and Alessandro Manzoni each reckoned with catastrophe
Revisiting Primo Levi’s final novel, the surprisingly contemporary ‘If Not Now, When?’
The chemist and survivor—author of the most necessary of all books about the Shoah—would have turned 100 today
What are intellectuals for, anyway?
A first English translation of the great Italian Jewish author’s single-volume compendium of tales of Ferrara reminds us of the power of his ghosts
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
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.
A little-known Yiddish manuscript upends our idea of the secular saint of human suffering
A monumental new edition of the Auschwitz survivor’s complete writings shows a humanist laboring in the dark
The chemist and writer recalls the last holiday before liberation
Israelis commemorate the day of remembrance with art, music, and readings
Beppe Grillo under fire for anti-government poem based on ‘If This Is a Man’
The commemorative day is confusing and arbitrary. Let’s find a more meaningful alternative.
My life as an accidental Holocaust expert—and why I decided to quit
The singular horror of the Holocaust is being lost in exchange for enshrining rare moments of inspiration and universal narratives of suffering
‘I never wanted to be Miss America, even when I was 7. But I wanted to be pretty. I wanted to be loved.’
In her new book, critic Ruth Franklin argues for why the Holocaust is best understood through fiction
Are there right and wrong ways of looking at Holocaust-era photographs?