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2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE USA: PRESENTATION ON "JEWISH PRESENCE IN ITALY" AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON

Date:

04/23/2013



2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE USA: PRESENTATION ON

The MFAH hosted on April 21 a presentation organized by this Consulate General in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center on the Jewish Presence in Italy.

The presentation, organized in connection with the exhibit "Lost Treasures of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice" which will be open to the public until April 28, was introduced by the Consul General of Israel Meir Shlomo.
Consul General Fabrizio Nava spoke about the history of the Jewish community in Italy from its origins to this day. Special relevance was given to the contribution by Italian Jews to the Risorgimento, the movement for national unity in the XIX century, and to the life of the Italian State that emerged from this process. The life of Italy saw significant roles played by political leaders such as Luigi Luttazzi, Sydney Sonnino and Ernesto Nathan, artists like Amedeo Modigliani, Umberto Saba, Alberto Moravia and Primo Levi, scientists as Rita Levi Montalcini and Emilio Gino Segre'. With the adoption of Law 211 of July 20, 200, Italy instituted a Holocaust Remembrance Day to honor the memory of its citizens that were persecuted, and of those who instead actively opposed the extermination project.
Jonathan Fass, Vice Director of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning, Evelyn Rubinstein Jewish Community Center, presented the remarkable works of art that are displayed in the exhibition and their function in Jewish liturgy, accompanying them with facts and episodes related to the Jewish community of Venice.
Prof. Alessandro Carrera, who teaches Italian literature at the University of Houston, presented the contribution to Italian literature of authors of Jewish origin, dwelling in particular on the life and works of profiles of Umberto Saba, Giorgio Bassani, Mario Lattes, Amalia Rosselli and Primo Levi.

The presentation was successful in attracting a significant public of more than 150 persons, who filled entirely the hall that MFAH provided for this event.

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