((Jan 26 Thu 5.30pm Italian Cultural Institute 686 Park Ave Anna Pizzuti Author of Paper Lives and E42 by Cynthia Madansky, Film on Jews in Italy WWII))

The Little Known Story of Foreign Jews Interned in Italy

Anna Pizzuti, curator of the database and historical portal on foreign Jews in Italy during World War II, presents her work.
Film screening, E42 by Cynthia Madansky, produced during her fellowship at the American Academy in Rome

In 1938 the Racial Laws stripped of their citizenship Jews who had acquired Italian citizenship after 1919 and ordered all “foreign” and “stateless” Jews to leave the country by March 12, 1939. When Italy entered the war in 1940, Mussolini ordered the immediate arrest of all foreign Jews who had remained in the country.
What remains of their lives are thousands of letters, petitions, and request buried in the archives of the police and the censorship agency. With a patient, compassionate and highly critical eye, Anna Pizzuti tried to conjure, from these records of oppression fragments of lives, personalities, beliefs and hopes of people who were trapped in a limbo of abuse, which, upon learning about the horrors of the extermination, those who survived, called refuge.

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Friday, January 27th – 9:00am to 3:00pm
Consulate General of Italy
690 Park Avenue, NYC


Ceremony of the reading of the names of the Jews deported from Italy and Italian territories.
During the ceremony brief accounts of the lives of men, women and children labeled by the Nazi and Fascist regimes as “foreign Jews” or “stateless Jews” will be read. After arriving in Italy in an attempt to leave Europe, many of these individuals were deported. The stories have been collected by Anna Pizzuti in the book “Paper Lives”.

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