Descendants of forced converts meet for first time

By Nathan Jeffay, September 22, 2011

During the Spanish Inquisition, Sicily's Jews faced the choice of expulsion or conversion.


On this day: A Nazi sentenced

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

At the age of 25, in 1944, Josef Scheungraber was a Nazi commander operating in Italy. It was on his orders that the military police massacred 14 people in a quiet Tuscany village. His victims were ordered into a barn and the barn was then blown up.


List of Jewish academics 'to boycott'

By Ilaria Myr, July 28, 2011

An Italian blogger has attempted to start a boycott of 162 Jewish professors.

Blogger Dagoberto Husayn Bellucci, who runs Islam-Italia, an information portal for Italian Muslims, posted a list of names online with the comment: "We invite readers to make a good use of this."


Beach drama as Spielberg sails to Sardinia

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

Life may be a beach for Hollywood stars Steven Spielberg and Gwyneth Paltrow, but that doesn't mean everyone in the sand is happy with them.

According to showbiz magazine Us Weekly, Mr Spielberg was fined more than £150 after he steered his speedboat too near to the Sardinia shore and interrupted a group of sunbathing visitors.


Holocaust survivor who inspired Life is Beautiful mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011

The Holocaust survivor whose experience inspired the Academy Award winning film Life is Beautiful has died at the age of 91.

Rubino Romeo Salmoni's memoir of his time in Auschwitz, "In the End, I Beat Hitler," was adapted for the 1997 film, which followed a father and son in the concentration camp.


Nazi soldiers sentenced in Italy for massacre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

Nine former Nazis have been sentenced by an Italian military court for murdering civilians during the Holocaust.

The men, all of whom served as German soldiers, were convicted of killing more than 140 people in a massacre in the northern Italian Apennine mountains region. A further 24 were killed in nearby town.


So much for the dolce vita: antisemitism in Italy?

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

It could be a picture from a Nazi textbook, but this hook-nosed caricature of Israeli President Shimon Peres, with hands clasped around a Magen David and a pocketful of bleeding babies, was part of an Italian "cultural festival" last month.

The sinister funfair game, in which Turin students paid one euro to throw shoes at the gurning puppet, is one of a recent catalogue of incidents causing a c


Italy upgrades Palestinian delegation to mission

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

Italy is to follow in the footsteps of the United Kingdom, France and Spain and upgrade the status of the Palestinian delegation in Rome to a full diplomatic mission.

The announcement by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano comes just days after Silvio Berlusconi pledged that Italy would not accept a unilateral declaration of statehood by the Palestinians.


Berlusconi: Italy won't support unilateral Palestine

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi has promised that Italy will not recognise a Palestinian state if one is declared without agreement with Israel.

The Italian Prime Minister, speaking during a Yom Ha'atzmaut event in Rome, was quoted pledging that Italy would "absolutely not" accept a unilateral declaration.


'Extraordinary' Tullia Zevi mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2011

The JC’s longtime Italy correspondent and the only female president of Italian Jewry in history has died at the age of 91.

Tullia Zevi, whose family left their home in Milan for France in the 1930s when the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini instated antisemitic laws, also served in the World Jewish Congress and European Jewish Congress.

From 1983 she spent five years as head of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, during which time she oversaw the first papal visit to the Rome synagogue in modern history.