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Rocky Roads: Northern Italy's Jewish Heritage by Deborah Rubin Fields

Rocky Roads: Northern Italy’s Jewish Heritage

by Deborah Rubin Fields

 

Mountain Jews in the Italian/Austrian Alps? The Tyrol region is not immediately associated with Jews or Jewish history. Yet surprisingly, the area encompassing the magnificent Dolomite Mountains has had a Jewish presence. In fact, no less breathtaking than the landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage property is the post-Emancipation history of the Jews who passed through this part of the world. More...

Did the Toronto Maple Leafs Discriminate Against Italian Players? by Frank Giorno

Did the Toronto Maple Leafs Discriminate Against Italian Players?

by Frank Giorno

 

For many hockey fans, the 1950s and 1960s were the golden age of NHL hockey. Before expansion, in the era of the “six original teams,” the league was dominated by the likes of Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Jean Beliveau, and Bobby Orr. A good number of Italian names stood out as well: Phil Esposito, Alex Delvecchio, Lou Angotti, Eddie Giacomin.  More...

Sicilian Ruins: Resurrecting Poggioreale by Kenneth Scambray

Sicilian Ruins: Resurrecting Poggioreale

by Kenneth Scambray

 

In a June 2012 editorial in a local Piedmont newspaper on the earthquake in Emilia-Romagna, the editor was careful to express his sympathy for the loss of life and injuries. But he was otherwise on another mission: that earthquakes in Italy do more than just knock down old buildings and towers. He explained that when an earthquake destroys a church bell tower or campanile and other historic buildings, it strikes at the very core of local identity and culture. More...

 

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