Cristina Bettin

Cristina Bettin
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev | bgu · Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics

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In this article I discuss the history of Italian Jews from the Emancipation to the racial laws of 1938 and their present-day attitudes to Judaism and the State of Israel. My aim is to suggest how the policy of social integration enabled Italian Jews to construct a new identity without losing their ancestral heritage. The example of Italian Jewry is...
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The outcast is a central theme in Bassani's narrative, which is set mainly in Ferrara, the small city in northern Italy where Bassani grew up. Fer-rara played a crucial role in Bassani's work, as he explained in a 1979 interview: Io torno a Ferrara, sempre, nella mia narrativa, nello spazio e nel tempo: il ritorno a Ferrara, il recupero di Ferrara...
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Holy places have always played an important role in the preservation of different identities, including religious, cultural, and national identity. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate, through the study of Italian Jews who immigrated to Israel from the early 1930 to the beginning of the 1950s, that their attitudes to Italy were similar to those...
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T he contribution of the Jewish press toward the Unification of Italy has been important and reflects the peculiarity and uniqueness of Italian Judaism. Since the emancipation, Italian Jews took an active part in the creation of the Italian State, they were the co-founders together with the gentiles of the new Italy, as we can see in their active p...
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This book has explored the struggle of Italian Jews with the issue of Jewish national identity in the period spanning the years 1870 to 1938.
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The history of the Jews in Italy dates to antiquity. Jews have resided in the Italian peninsula since the time of the Roman Empire. Archeological evidence proves that Jews entered southern Italy, including Sicily, during the third century BCE from Palestine. The number of Jews in Italy during the imperial period stood at about 50 thousand. In the a...
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As we have seen, the end of the nineteenth century saw the establishment in Italy of numerous Jewish newspapers, Jewish youth movements, and Jewish cultural societies whose aim was to encourage the rebirth of Judaism and define its essence. The first cultural society, Pro Cultura, was established in Florence in 1907, shortly after a conference held...
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The first federation of young Italian Jews was established in 1914 and created the nucleus for the third conference held in Rome in the same year. The federation’s aim was to “revive Jewish awareness with every type of propaganda and to organize Jewish youth,” as Alfonso Pacifici wrote in his paper at the third congress in Rome in February 1914. In...
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The process of Jewish integration began with the Emancipation and continued until the unification of Italy (1860 70). The Emancipation of the Jews in Italy began prior to the French Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man in September 1791, which, together with the Napoleonic Wars, changed the entire European order. Napoleon’s troops sp...
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The debate over Jewish identity and the definition of who is a Jew has been ongoing for many years. Much has been written regarding Jewish identity, and there are a variety of conceptions of identity and identification.1 For sociologist Michael A. Meyer, Jewish identity falls into three basic categories.2 His work aims to explicate a dynamic of Jew...
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The history of Italian Jews from 1861 to 1938 is often viewed as the period in which they totally assimilated into the Italian nation. This article, however, argues that rather than their assimilation it was a period of their integration into Italian society. Various approaches to this question are presented, including a review of the literature, w...
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The criteria by which Jews identify themselves cover a very wide range and change over time. The aim of this essay is to stress that Italian Jewish identity must be analysed in a historical context, in the larger society in which it is located and with which it interacts. Through the study of the activities of Italian Jewish youth, this article wil...