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Boston Globe Editorial on Tullia Zevi

James Carroll wrote an editorial in today’s Boston Globe remembering great Italian journalist Tullia Zevi, who was born just a few years before the fascist regime came to power in Italy. She was a teenager when Mussolini passed the so-called racial laws of 1938, and she had just stepped into adulthood when Nazi troops stormed Rome’s Ghetto on October 16, 1943.

Carroll focuses on Zevi’s openness to dialogue with the Catholic Church, despite the memory of Pope Pius XII’s silence during the horrific days when jews in Rome faced mass deportation. Carroll is very critical of Italian society back then, which, he says, approved of the deportations. Carroll points out valid arguments when he lists the misdeeds of King Vittorio Emanuel III and the Pope Pius XII, but his tone distances him from Tullia Zevi’s spirit, which sought to bring together rather than divide.

What we need to aspire to is a conciliatory way of getting together and discussing about those terrible times, each making their part in the construction of a collective memory. That is the spirit of Italy’s Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust on January 27th of every year. It was the spirit of the Symposium held at Boston University on January 30, titled “Amnesia and Remembrance.” It was the spirit of Tullia Zevi.

Zevi passed away on January 22, 2011.

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Nicola is an Italian journalist and media enthusiast living in the United States. He keeps an eye on the Italian-American communities across the country and is always looking for positive stories to highlight.