The New Babylonian Diaspora

The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Community in Iraq, 16th-20th Centuries C.E.

issue 14 / December 2018 by Esther Meir-Glitzenstein

The Archive Thief

The Man Who Salvaged French History in the Wake of the Holocaust

issue 14 / December 2018 by Elissa Bemporad

Shanghai Sanctuary

Chinese and Japanese Policy toward European Jewish Refugees during World War II

issue 14 / December 2018 by Laura De Giorgi

“I see a man of great wisdom… and in his hand is a nimble scribe’s pen.”

The Readers and Writers of Shomer Tziyon Hane’eman

A Hebrew language periodical opposing the nascent Reform movement in Germany, Shomer Tziyon Hane’eman ran from 1846 through 1855. It was the first Hebrew-language, self-consciously Orthodox Jewish periodical. Formed by a small contingent of like-minded German rabbis, the periodical expanded the geographic scope of its contributors through its run. In an effort to win the ideological contest against the Reform movement, the periodical also featured forms of written content found in maskilic literature. This article begins by exploring the cultivation of a network of contributors and then examines how that content and the distribution model of a periodical cultivated a reading public similar to others found in 19th-century Europe. It posits that the formation of a reading public should be understood among the techniques used in the early stages of modern Orthodoxy in order to retain power in the face of shifting structures of confessional authority.

issue 14 / December 2018 by Phil Keisman

In 1855, the Badia affair, the sequel to a blood libel against a Jewish businessman in a Veneto town, temporarily put in question relations between state, society and the Jewish minority in the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom. After reconstructing the stages of the episode, the present article analyzes the strategies of response to the crisis resorted by the Jewry of Hapsburg Italy, then in the process of emancipation nearly achieved. With the support of state authorities, community leaders and Jewish intellectuals together with some Catholics, Venetian liberalism urged in favor of an apologetic explication to undermine majority prejudice. The effort led to the creation of a text, published as a supplement in the authoritative Eco dei Tribunali, which used the trial minutes against the slanderer, making the legal proceedings into a refutation of the ritual murder stereotype.

issue 14 / December 2018 by Emanuele D'Antonio

This article presents and discusses the representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict produced in Italy during the long 1970s by the most important organizations of the New Left. The goal is to reconstruct the often radical and prejudiced discourses of the extreme left, highlighting how in the middle of the Seventies we can identify a break in the ways in which the Italian New Left chose to interpret the Middle Eastern political scenario.

issue 14 / December 2018 by Sonia Zanier