The Jews of Italy
To: 23 December 2019
The Jewish connection to Italy stretches back into antiquity, but the Italian Jewish narrative doesn’t fit neatly into diaspora divisions; there are maps of the Jewish world in which Italy is depicted as a distinctive sub-culture.
The Jews of Italy were able to straddle two worlds – living within the boundaries of a thoroughly traditional Jewish life while simultaneously taking from and contributing to the cultural and intellectual traditions of the wider society of which they were a part, and unlike other Jewish communities which came under Nazi occupation, a remarkably large number of Italian Jews survived the Holocaust.
In this seven-week course, we will explore the long history and variegated cultural heritage of the Jews of Italy.
This short course is part of the Primo Levi: Writer, Witness, Scientist: Italian and Jewish Organisations Unite to Celebrate Life centenary program presented with CO.AS.IT, the Italian Cultural Institute Melbourne and Jewish Holocaust Centre.
Image: Livorno Haggadah, 1847, Italy.
$220 Museum Member
General (until 28 October 2019)
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