Iael Nidam-Orvieto

Iael Nidam-Orvieto gained her Ph.D. at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she now serves as lecturer. Her area of specialization is the Holocaust, particularly as this relates to Italy, rescue operations, everyday life, education and Jewish leadership. She is also involved in oral documentation and contemporary West-European Jewry. She has published a number of articles on Italy during the Fascist and Nazi regimes. Two books are forthcoming from Yad Vashem: The Children of Villa Emma: A Unique Chapter in the Rescue of Children during the Holocaust and In the Face of Mounting Crisis: Italian Jewry, 1938–1943. The latter deals with Italian Jewry’s response to the antisemitic legislation of the Fascist regime.

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Rita Levi-Montalcini

Born in Turin on April 22, 1909, Rita Levi-Montalcini was the daughter of Adamo Levi, an electrical engineer and mathematician, and Adele Montalcini, a painter. Her parents had four children—the eldest, Gino (b. 1902), who later became a well-known architect; Anna (b. 1904); and finally Rita and her twin sister Paola Levi-Montalcini, who became a well-known artist.

Tullia Calabi-Zevi

Over the years, she became a journalist of international renown, writing for several leading newspapers in Italy and elsewhere, including Ma’ariv, Espresso, The Jewish Chronicle, The Religious News Service, Voce Repubblicana and others. Over the years, she became increasingly involved in Italian political and intellectual life, especially among the country’s Jews.

Matilde Bassani Finzi

Matilde Bassani Finzi continued her activity in anti-fascist groups and, together with Giorgio Bassani, organized parlor meetings and helped distribute newspapers and newsletters. After Mussolini’s fall on July 25, 1943, Bassani Finzi was released together with all the political prisoners. Immediately upon her release she contacted the Resistance groups, who began to organize in case Germany should invade Italy, which it did on September 8, 1943. After the war she continued to work for the ideals in which she believed: freedom, democracy and equality for women.

Associazione Donne Ebree D'Italia (ADEI)

The Association of Italian Jewish Women, or ADEI, was founded in 1927 in the city of Milan, Italy, home to the second largest Jewish community in the country.

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