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After Mussolini : Jewish life and Jewish memories in post-Fascist Italy /
Guri Schwarz ; translated from Italian by Giovanni Noor Mazhar.
imprint
Edgware [England] : Vallentine Mitchell, 2012.
description
xi, 224 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780853038559
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imprint
Edgware [England] : Vallentine Mitchell, 2012.
isbn
9780853038559
general note
Originally published in Italian as: Ritrovare se stessi. Gli ebrei nell'Italia postfascista.
catalogue key
8573565
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [194]-213) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-02-01:
Much has been written about Jewish life in Germany during the Nazi regime and thereafter; far less has appeared about Italian Jewry before, during, and after Fascism. Schwarz (Univ. of Pisa, Italy) illustrates ways the Italian Jewish community and, especially, what he repeatedly calls its "ruling class" largely accepted the notion of Italy's victimhood as a necessary myth for facilitating postwar Jewry's reintegration into Italian society. However, readers also learn of new trends that worked against the oligarchic leadership and its goals, especially the Zionist movement, with its particular appeal to the younger generations. The author's analysis of Italian Jewry includes both its community politics and the reflections of its intellectuals. But Schwartz is mostly interested in how the Jewish community, to varying degrees until the 1980s, felt it necessary to regard Fascism as a foreign growth. He might have presented more background on the long history of anti-Semitism in Italy before the Fascist restrictions of 1938 and been less repetitious, but this is a thoroughly researched, sophisticated volume of great value for advanced students. Despite a few blunders, the translation is well executed. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. A. Meyer emeritus, Hebrew Union College--Jewish Institute of Religion
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Here, Guri Schwartz explores the genesis of the 'myth of the good Italian'. Through in-depth research he illustrates how Italian Jews, in their efforts to reintegrate in the country after the Second World War, contributed to give shape and offer legitimacy to a representation in the Holocaust.
Main Description
After Mussolini explores the genesis of the 'myth of the good Italian.' This myth was deliberately promoted by the Italian Foreign Ministry, which aimed to obtain a non-punitive peace treaty by distancing the nation from German guilt. Through in-depth research, the book illustrates how Italian Jews, in their efforts to reintegrate in the country after the Second World War, contributed to shaping and legitimizing a representation of Fascist persecutions which drastically downplayed Italian responsibilities in the Holocaust. In addition, the book focuses on community reconstruction and social reintegration, and it is the first comprehensive history of post-war Italian Jewry between 1945 and 1961.
Main Description
In this book Guri Schwartz explores the genesis of the 'myth of the good Italian'. This myth was deliberately promoted by the Italian Foreign Ministry, which aimed in this way to obtain a non-punitive peace treaty by distancing the nation from German guilt. Through in-depth research he illustrates how Italian Jews, in their efforts to reintegrate in the country after the Second World War, contributed to give shape and offer legitimacy to a representation of Fascist persecutions which drastically downplayed Italian responsibilities in the Holocaust.
Table of Contents
Preface to the English Editionp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
The Reorganization of Jewish Life
Echoes of the Catastrophep. 3
A 'New' Leadershipp. 17
A Zionist Awakeningp. 47
Youth Movementsp. 69
Italian Citizenship and Jewish Identitiesp. 97
Paths of Memory
Memory Lapsesp. 109
Public Uses of the Recent Pastp. 121
Memory Politics during the Cold Warp. 148
The Union of Italian-Jewish Communities and the Historiography on Fascist Anti-Semitismp. 155
For a Critique of Italian-Jewish Self-Representationp. 174
Conclusionp. 179
Bibliographyp. 194
Indexp. 215
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