International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Centro Primo Levi jointly with the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, and the Italian Academy at Columbia University invites you to attend a series of events held in observance of Giorno della Memoria on January 27, 29, and 30, 2008.

Please also consider joining us on Monday, January 28 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm in front of the Consulate General of Italy at 688 Park Avenue (68th Street) for the reading of the names of the Jews deported from Italy and the former Italian territories. As Italian institutions, as people and governments, we will symbolically remember all the victims of the Holocaust and take stand together against prejudice, intolerance, and genocide. We look forward to seeing you.

Sunday, January 27 | 5:00 pm
Centro Primo Levi and Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimó
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16 Street
Film Screening. L’Isola delle Rose. La Tragedia di un Paradiso by Rebecca Samonà (59′ in Italian with English subtitles). Through the memories of women including her mother, the author reconstructs the life and annihilation of the Jews of Rhodes from the beginning of the Italian colonization in 1912, to the deportation to Auschwitz in 1944. Combining era footage with a delicate personal commentary L’Isola delle Rose offers a glimpse into a centuries-old culture which a handful of survivors infused it into a younger generation that is today scattered around the world. Andrea Fiano (journalist) interviews Stella Levi (Board member of Centro Primo Levi), a survivor from Rhodes, on her own experience of the anti-semitic persecutions and the extermination camps. RSVP: rsvp@primolevicenter.org

Monday, January 28 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Consulate General of Italy/Italian Cultural Institute, Park Avenue/68 Street. Reading of the names of the Italian victims of the Shoah. “There are no tombstones for the victims of the Shoah but only our good will to make time to remember them and let the wind carry the sound of their names.” We need thirty-six people to read for five minutes at any given time. Please join. Check the website of Centro?Primo Levi for details. RSVP: memoria@primolevicenter.org (indicate time and contact info)

Tuesday, January 29 | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm |
Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue at 116 Street. Italian Fascist Race Laws and the Manifesto della Razza: How Law and Science Can be Racist. David Freedberg (Italian Academy), Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU), Lidia Santarelli (NYU) and Alexander Stille (Columbia University).

Wednesday, January 30 | 6:00 pm
Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue
Women Remember – Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University) and Millicent Marcus (Yale University) and Stella Levi (Centro Primo Levi and survivor of Auschwitz) discuss women’s memory and the recollections of Giuliana Tedeschi and Rosetta Loy, two Italians who experienced the anti-semitic persecution from opposite perspectives: that of a Jewish woman in an extermination camp and that of a non-Jewish child who observes. Actress Maria Tucci will read excerpts from the memoirs of Giuliana Tedeschi, Rosetta Loy, Piera Sonnino. RSVP: 212-879-4242 ext. 376.

Sponsoring committee:
Governor Mario and Matilda Cuomo
Francesco M. Talò, Consul General of Italy
Renato Miracco, Director, Italian Cultural Institute
Stefano Albertini, Director, New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimó
David Freedberg, Director, Italian Academy
The Board of Directors, Centro Primo Levi

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