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  • 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 ▸

  • Unhealed Wounds Opening Up As Italy Marks Wartime Massacre

    Controversy stalked this year’s commemoration of Italy’s worst World War II massacre. As part of the annual commemoration, Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Rome Mayor Francesco Rutelli and other top government officials marked the anniversary of the March 24, 1944, Ardeatine Caves massacre with a solemn ceremony Wednesday morning presided over by Rome Chief Rabbi… More ▸

  • Italian Insurance Company Pays Heirs of Policy Holders

    Italy’s largest insurance company has begun compensating the heirs of policyholders who perished in the Holocaust. Some 1,551 applicants have already filed for compensation from the $12 million Israel-based fund established by Assicurazioni Generali, which is also making payments to needy survivors and organizations dedicated to commemorating the Holocaust. Dov Levin, a retired Israeli judge… More ▸

  • Italian Soccer Teams Could Face Fines for Fans’ Anti-semitic Actions

    Italy’s soccer federation has launched an investigation against two soccer teams after fans unfurled anti-Semitic banners at a match last week in Rome. The two teams, Lazio and Roma, could face fines of the equivalent of $30,000. Italy’s sports code makes teams responsible for fans who use banners or signs that encourage racism or violence…. More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Italy Struggles with Memory of Fascist-era Anti-semitic Legislation

    Sixty years ago, fascist Italy enacted anti-Semitic legislation that led the way to the Holocaust in this country. Italy’s public authorities and the country’s Jewish community are marking the anniversary with a series of commemorations, conferences, publications and other activities. They are aimed both at memorializing the Jews who were persecuted as well as condemning… More ▸