Please Join Centro Primo Levi
with the Italian Cultural Institute and Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò
for a series of programs to remember the victims of the Shoah on

JANUARY 28. Reading of the Names and Film Screening: “Suoni dal Silenzio”

2:30 pm – Reading of the names of the Italian victims of the Shoah.

5:00 pm – Film screening: “Suoni dal Silenzio” by Roberto Olla.
The chilling images of the Nazi death camps have shaped the collective memory of the post-war generations. No testimony, however, was preserved of their sound. Four Italian survivors reconstruct the soundtrack of their memories. US premiere.
Courtesy of RAI Teche, RAI Corporation, TG1 and RAI3.

Center for Jewish History – 15 West 16 Street


JANUARY 29. A Tribute to Primo Levi, reading and discussion.
6:00 pm – An outstanding interdisciplinary panel will explore the themes of memory, literature, and science as they relate to the work of Primo Levi and that of the speakers. With Roald Hoffmann (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Cornell University), Millicent Marcus (Yale University), Oliver Sacks (scientist and writer), Risa Sodi (Yale University).
Italian Cultural Institute – 686, Park Avenue
RSVP – 212 879 4242 ext. 371


JANUARY 30. “This Has Happened” by Piera Sonnino and “Letter to My Mother” by Edith Bruck.
6:30 pm – Reading and discussion. With Ann Goldstein (translator), David Denby (The New Yorker), and Gabriella Romani (Seton Hall University). Recently discovered in Italy, Piera Sonnino’s poignant account is strikingly accurate in bringing to life the methodical and relentless erosion of the freedoms and the dignity of the Jews in Italy–from Mussolini’s racial laws to the institutionalized horror of Auschwitz. Hungarian-born writer Edith Bruck settled in Rome in 1954 and has devoted her life to bearing witness to what she experienced in the Nazi concentration camps. Co-presented by Palgrave Macmillan.
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, 24 West 12 Street


Giorno della Memoria is not held on January 27 in observance of the Shabbat. January 27, the day on which, in 1945, the Soviet army entered Auschwitz, was chosen by many European countries in the year 2000 to commemorate the victims of the Shoah and to promote the fight against xenophobia. The observance was initially supported and ratified by the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, Research, chaired at the time by France; the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust; and the European Minister of Education. Italy and Germany were the first countries to implement it on a national basis. In 2006 it was recognized by the United Nations, and has become a day of observance in all European countries.

Giorno della Memoria is held under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in New York.

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