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That latent sense of otherness: Old and new anti-semitisms in postwar Italy

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posted on 20.09.2022, 05:18 authored by Giacomo LichtnerGiacomo Lichtner
This article traces the evolution of anti-semitism in post-war Italy, from the early responses to the Holocaust to the increasingly concerning signs of contemporary anti-Jewish prejudice. Tracing the discourses of religious and secular attitudes towards Jews, the piece shows how resilient certain stereotypes are, and how assumptions about citizenship continue to undermine the respect of difference in Italy. With a reflection that is meant to be personal and scholarly at the same time, this contribution has the aim of facilitating a broader reflection, that spans instances of anti-semitism among the anti-racist Left, the correlation between unresolved anti-Jewish prejudice and widespread racist, anti-immigrant discourses, the challenges of a politicised memorialisation of the Holocaust, and also the role Jewish communities may play in this unsettling context.

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Preferred citation

Lichtner, G. (2018). That latent sense of otherness: Old and new anti-semitisms in postwar Italy. Modern Italy, 23(4), 461-472. https://doi.org/10.1017/mit.2018.36

Journal title

Modern Italy

Volume

23

Issue

4

Publication date

01/11/2018

Pagination

461-472

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

04/10/2018

ISSN

1353-2944

eISSN

1469-9877

Language

en