JWST The Italian Jewish Experience

Course Name: JWST The Italian Jewish Experience

Description: This course will present the specificity of the Italian Jewish experience in the twentieth and 21st centuries through a variety of texts, documents, media, and field trips. We will explore the various aspects of the unique Jewish culture in Italy as it is today and learn how it developed through the centuries. The initial focus will be on understanding the structure of the Jewish community, including religious organization, life cycle events and the vocabulary of Jewish life. Short stories and novels by some of Italy's most eminent writers will constitute the backbone of a course that will analyze the Italian Jews' role and reactions to Fascist persecution, deportations to Nazi concentration camps, and homecoming in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None