Sunday, June 10, 2018

More on MEIS in Ferrara, Italy

STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS: A former prison for Jews unlocks their ancient Italian history (Vicky Hallett, Washington Post rprt.).
So there's no denying that Jews have been in Italy for a very, very long time. It's the most ancient community of Jews in the Western world, one that has withstood centuries of sorrow and tsoris while producing some of the nation's most important thinkers and writers.

And it's a topic that's the center of attention at the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah. (In Italian, that's Museo Nazionale dell'Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah, or MEIS for short.)

To explain the mission of MEIS, director Simonetta Della Seta poses a question: How is this museum different from all other Jewish museums?
I noted the opening of MEIS last December here. This article provides a lot more information about it.

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