This is the website of the Centre for Contemporary Jewish Documentation Foundation. The Foundation promotes studies on Jewish history, culture and society, particularly in contemporary Italy. The Foundation's library specializes in works (in various languages) about Jewish history, literature, thought, and art in Italy and abroad. The collections focuses on: the Jewish in Italy; Shoah; persecution of Jews; and the Second World War. The journal library holds about 2000 periodicals published since 1850. The Foundation also holds dissertations, photographs, videos and posters on these subjects. The online catalogue can be searched from this site, in the section 'Biblioteca'. The site also provides information on events and school projects promoted by the Foundation, conferences organized by other institutions, and publications. The site is available in Italian only.
The website Fondazione memoria della deportazione (Foundation for the memory of deportation) makes available information on Italians interned in Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War. It considers the documentation of over 50 years of activity of the Associazione nazionale ex deportati politici nei campi nazisti (ANED) (National association for ex-political detainees in Nazi camps). Users can search the catalogue of the Foundation's library, which includes thousands of volumes focussing on Italian deportation. Full texts of out-of-print or rare books, essays, and memories regarding deportation are published on the site for non-commercial use. The ANED's magazine Triangolo Rosso is also available for consultation in PDF and includes articles focusing on various aspects of Italian deportation. Past issues can be accessed. A filmography lists films from 1940 onward that have dealt with the theme of Nazi camps.
A selection of projects collecting together photographs and testimony and supported by the Foundation are included, as are overviews of the camps to which Italians were deported. A dictionary of key terms and chronology of Nazism are available. In a section dedicated to school teaching, there is a dossier covering the racial laws in Italy and information and documents aimed at both teachers and students. The Foundation is a non-profit making organisation aiming to promote the study of Italian deportation. This Web resource would be useful to historians as an aid to research into Italian deportation and the Resistance movement.
The Medici Archive Project was founded in 1995 as a resource for the study of the Medici Granducal Archive, housed in the Archivio di Stato in Florence, Italy. The Granducal Archive was established by Grand Duke Cosimo I in 1569, and offers the most complete record of its kind in Renaissance and Baroque Europe. The archive consists mainly of correspondence. The project aims to produce documentary sources for the arts and humanities, with particular emphasis on the documentation of Jewish history, and the history of costume and textiles. Additionally, the project aims to pioneer technological innovation in the fields of archive management and humanities research. The site offers highlights from the archive, in the form of its Document of the Month pages. Selected documents appear both in Italian and in English translation, with suggestions for further reading and research questions suitable for undergraduates working with archival material. Background information on the historical context for each document is also available. This resource would benefit historians with a particular interest in Florentine history, as a source of both primary and secondary material.
"Morashí : la porta dell'ebraismo italiano in rete" (Morasha : the portal of Italian Judaism online) makes available information on Jewish culture and history in relation to Italy. A detailed account of the Jewish diaspora in Italy is provided, with sections concentrating on the various key moments in history from the country's origins to today, for example: the expulsion of the Jews from Sicily and Sardinia; the Counter Reformation; and Fascism and the deportations during the Second World War. There is also a useful guide to Judaism and Jewish festivals, outlining the basic concepts of the religion and important celebrations in its calendar.
The section "Zehut" publishes articles by a range of Italian Jews on subjects relating to Jewish identity and thought. Articles deal both with specific and general aspects of Judaism, for example: Judaism and Christianity; Jews in Italy; literature; the Holocaust; and contemporary issues such as abortion and women rabbis. The section "Pagine oro" provides a list of addresses and contact numbers of Jewish organisations in Italy such as museums, synagogues, and commercial businesses. Jewish literature is also taken into consideration, with selected book reviews and a list of works published by Morashí . Furthermore, there is a look at Jewish cinema, with interviews and links to other resources. Theses dealing with Jewish culture are also available to read online; topics include: the British reaction to Fascist anti-Semitism; education in the modern Jewish family; and Jews in Puglia in the Middle Ages.
The Home Page of this site is rather crowded, with the main sections listed at the bottom, but other sections are organised more clearly. Users can also search the entire site by keyword. This resource is useful for those researching Jewish history and culture in Italy.
This site, designed by the composer and librettist Ari Frankel, gives access to a rare interview with Primo Levi (1919-1987) first aired on Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) on 25th April 1983. A holocaust survivor, Levi is known for his articulate and humanising documentation of life in Auschwitz. In this interview, Levi speaks to Daniel Toaff about his memories. The interview transcription was translated into English by Mirto Stone. It is spread over 22 pages, and interspersed with book covers, portraits and photographs by Ari Frankel, taken in 1989 during his visit to Turin, the birthplace and home of Primo Levi.
This website is devoted to the tragic experience of more than 600,000 Italians, military and civilians, deported to Germany and employed as forced labour in the years 1943 to 1945. The website - overseen by the Istituto di Storia Contemporanea Pier Amato Perretta - intends to be a repository of documents, testimonies and memoirs on a controversial aspect of Italian history, often overlooked or completely omitted. Available are a sizeable number of documents. The website comprises an archive containing more than 450 memoirs and diaries of Italian workers deported to Germany and provides details of 4,500 internees. Additionally accessible are: a list of concentration camps and of factories where forced labour was used and their locations. An iconographic archive presents photographs, drawings by internees, propaganda placards, and other documents. An audiovisual collection allows users to access a few video interviews and their transcripts. An exhaustive thematic bibliography can be searched online in addition to the Institute's special collection "Claudio Sommaruga", which holds around 450 titles. The website and its resources are available in Italian only.
The Literature section of the online Teacher's guide to the Holocaust, provides a practical guide to Holocaust literature for educators, researchers and students. Part of a broader site, these pages outline the scope and diversity of literary writing related to the Holocaust. Divided into seven sub-sections, these pages cover: writing by victims; survivor testimonies; accounts of resisters; narratives about rescuers; texts which offer an insight into the cultural, social and political context in which Nazism grew and gained momentum; and a selection of literary and critical reflections which have emerged since. Some of these address the moral issues facing contemporary society in the aftermath of the Holocaust, whilst others focus on commemorating victims and survivors. A final sub-section provides a collection of pedagogical resources which includes: a glossary; discussion topics; student handouts; detailed bibliographic material; and a sequence of lesson plans. Whilst these materials are designed for teachers within an American educational context, the detailed overview the section provides will also be useful to those teaching and studying within Further and Higher Education in the UK, offering as it does an accessible and reliable grounding to Holocaust literature.
L'Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane (UCEI) promotes cultural, religious and social issues relating to the Italian Jewish community. This website includes a detailed history of the Jewish community in Italy and several presentations celebrating Jewish culture. There is a guide to the Union's archive. Individual histories and a glossary of terms are also presented. As well as educational material the site also contains information on conferences and latest news. Details about local Jewish centres and related publications are given. Users can subscribe to a newsletter to receive updates. This resource would benefit anyone researching the Jewish community in Italy. It provides an interesting overview of Jewish history and current activities.