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December 08 to 07, 2009
04:30 pm to 08:00 pm

Piedmont: Unfolding Borders

Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th St
10011 New York, NY
United States

An Evening Celebrating the Jewish Communities of Piedmont

Centro Primo Levi and Yeshiva University Museum are pleased to invite you

to a special evening of film, talks, and books on the history and treasures of the

Jewish communities of Piemonte.

When, 150 years ago, Italy became a unified country, the Region of Piemonte was its center and the catalyst of its early development. As the oldest minority in Europe, Italian Jews held a high stake in a process that sanctioned their emancipation, and they actively participated in shaping the new national life. This evening of film, family history, and books will introduce the public to a fascinating landscape of culture, intellectual vision, and social mobility.

Admission: $10 for the general public, $5 for members of CPL and YUM, and free for students.

Refreshments will be served.

Please confirm your attendance via box office telephone number provided below.

FULL PROGRAM:

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, at 5:30 pm

When, 150 years ago, Italy became a unified country, the Region of Piemonte was its center and the catalyst of its early development. As the oldest minority in Europe, Italian Jews held a high stake in a process that sanctioned their emancipation, and they actively participated in shaping the new national life. This evening of film, family history, and books will introduce the public to a fascinating landscape of culture, intellectual vision, and social mobility.

5:30 | Opening remarks: Jacob Wisse (Yeshiva University Museum), Natalia Indrimi (Centro Primo Levi). Greetings from Tullio Levi (President of the Jewish Community of Turin and Rav Alberto Somekh (Chief Rabbi of Turin)).

6:00 pm | Film screening

Il Ritorno (1980) by Giorgio Treves

In memory of Dario Treves (1907-1978) and Egle Treves (1912-2009)

During a revealing journey across the Jewish architectural treasures of Piedmont, intimate memories and the story of centuries-old community unfold in impeccable cinematic style. Giorgio Treves was born in 1945 in New York where his family arrived from Turin fleeing the Racial Laws. He worked with Vittorio De Sica, Francesco Rosi e Luchino Visconti. Among many awards, he received the David of Donatello and the Grolle d’Oro.

6:40 pm | Talk

George Sacerdote, From the Ghetto to America: Five Piedmontese Families in Motion

Born in the US in 1945 to a Torinese Jewish family that had lived in Piemonte from the 1400s until 1939. He graduated from MIT and went on to work at the University of Oxford and Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study before moving into the business world. He is the author of Remembrance and Renewal; 500 Years of European Wars and Politics and their Impact on Five Hebrew Families—His talk is based in part on this book.

7:40 pm | Virtual exhibition

“Rav Dario Disegni, a 20th-Century Story”

In collaboration with the Archivio Terracini, Turin