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  • Italian Jews Divided As Government of Media Tycoon Includes Far Rightists

    Italian Jews are sharply divided over the new center-right government headed by media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi that includes two controversial politicians with far-right links. Berlusconi, whose Freedom House coalition swept the center-left from power in general elections last month, was sworn in Monday as prime minister of Italy’s 59th government since 1945. “Like Italians at… More ▸

  • Italy Wants ‘butcher of Genoa’ Jailed: Germany Promises It Will Investigate

    Italy wants Germany to arrest and jail a 92-year-old former Nazi convicted of war crimes in Italy. Friedrich Engel, the “butcher of Genoa,” was convicted in absentia in Italy two years ago for having rounded up and killed nearly 250 civilians in northern Italy during World War II. Last week, a German television station traced… More ▸

  • Italian Insurance Agreement Could Speed Other Holocaust Policy Deals

    The light at the end of the tunnel has become a little brighter for some Holocaust victims and their heirs. Prospects for payments on insurance policies issued in the years preceding the Holocaust improved after Italy’s largest insurance company, Assicurazioni Generali, finalized an agreement to pay $100 million to settle Holocaust-era insurance claims and provide… More ▸

  • Italy Says It Would Host a Mideast Peace Summit

    Italy has offered to host a Middle East peace summit in Rome. “We are awaiting a response” from regional leaders on whether such a meeting “would be conducive” to the peace process, Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato said when he made the announcement Wednesday before a session of Parliament. Amato announced the invitation a day… More ▸

  • Arts and Culture: Italian Singer Uses His Noodle in Show About His Jewish Roots

    “Lokhshen” — noodles — is also the Yiddish word for spaghetti. It is the name Italian singer and actor Enrico Fink has given a new stage production and CD based on his search for his own Eastern European Jewish roots. The title is deliberately ironic. “Lokhshen is how Jewish immigrants on New York’s Lower East… More ▸

  • Italian Jewish Anti-fascist Dies from Flu Complications

    Italy’s president and other leading political and cultural figures were among the hundreds of people who attended Tuesday’s funeral of Bruno Zevi, an eminent Jewish architect and anti-fascist political activist. Zevi died Sunday at his home in Rome from complications of the flu less than two weeks before his 82nd birthday. Rome Mayor Francesco Rutelli… More ▸

  • Italian Appeals Court to Decide Fate of Girls Separated from Orthodox Mother

    A controversial ruling that separated two Israeli girls from their fervently Orthodox mother and placed them into the custody of their non-observant father goes before an appeals court in Genoa this week. The case has triggered outrage in the Jewish world because of what is being characterized as the anti-religious bias of the Genoa Minors… More ▸

  • Revival of Extreme Right-wing Group Conjures Fears of Neo-fascism in Italy

    The announcement by an extreme right-wing leader here that he will revive his illegal hate group next month has renewed concerns about public displays of neo-Nazi sentiments. Maurizio Boccacci, Rome’s most prominent ultraright-wing leader, told La Repubblica newspaper that he plans to relaunch his Movimento Politico on Oct. 28, despite a government ban on its… More ▸

  • Italian Jews Protest Party’s Attempt to Ally with Anti-semitic French Group

    Italian Jewish leaders are protesting an attempt by Italy’s Radical Party to forge an alliance in the European Parliament with France’s far-right National Front. The strongest protest came from Bruno Zevi, a prominent Jewish architect and the honorary president of the Radicals, who lambasted the party leadership during the party’s convention here over the weekend…. More ▸