quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History 7 (2014)

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Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History
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Edited by Quest Editorial Staff

The Editors of this journal have chosen, with this issue, to operate a momentary shift from the monographic approach that characterized all previous publications. This time ‘Quest’ publishes a collection of eight articles on different topics, not tied together by one unifying theme.

While still believing in the value and purpose of monographic issues – developed under the careful coordination of one or more editors (either internal or external to the journal’s Editorial board) – this time the Editors have decided to experiment with a different mode of publication; we reserve ourselves the possibility to publish other such miscellaneous issues from time to time.

‘Quest’ will promptly return to publishing thematically coherent issues from n. 8, which will appear in December 2014. It will be edited by Tullia Catalan and Cristiana Facchini and will be devoted to biographies of key figures of the Italian Jewish communities in the age of emancipation.

The ‘Focus’ section of this edition of ‘Quest’ is composed of very diverse contributions, authored by both junior and senior scholars. The articles cover a wide range of topics, time periods and geographical areas. We open with the Greek Islands, considered from very different points of view: Cristina Pallini and Annalisa Scaccabarozzi offer us a study of urban history, analyzing Salonika’s lost synagogues, while Varvaritis presents the ‘Cronaca Israelitica’ – the first Jewish newspaper in the Ionian Islands – and the discussions of Jewish emancipation in the late XIXth century. Then we move on to Finland, with a contribution by Tarja Liisa Luukkanen that presents the 1897 discussion concerning the legal condition of the Jews that took place within the Finnish Diet, and in particular within the clergy, illustrating the role of antisemitism and the reception of Adolf Stoecker’s ideology. From the Baltic Sea we move back to Southern Europe, with an essay by Bojan Mitrovi? dedicated to the forms of social integration and of nationalization of Serbian Jewry as seen through a peculiar case study. Udi Manor’s article makes us leap to the North American continent, and to Jewish New York in particular, discussing Jewish ‘identity politics’ through the prism of the "Jewish Daily Forward" in the early XXth century. The last three articles concentrate on the second half of the XXth century. Rolf Steininger presents the figure of Karl Hartl, the first Austrian diplomat in Israel, and his perception of the country. Michele Sarfatti carefully reconstructs how foreign (non-Italian) historiography interpreted Fascist antisemitism between 1946 and 1986. Finally, the ‘Focus’ section is closed by Anna Baldini’s attentive depiction of Primo Levi’s role in shaping Italy’s memory of the Shoah.

Overall these very different contributions shed light, each with its own peculiar style and methodology, on relevant aspects of the modern Jewish experience. They fit well within the approach chosen by ‘Quest:’ to devote every issue to original historical research and historiographical debate on Jewish life and history in the modern era, inclusive of all Jewish realities – from the Sephardic to the Ashkenazi world -, to consider Jewish identities in their context, to analyze the shifting forms and functions of anti-Judaic sentiment and the ever changing reactions of Jewish groups to the challenges of modernity.




In Search of Salonika’s Lost Synagogues. An Open Question Concerning Intangible Heritage
by Cristina Pallini, Annalisa Riccarda Scaccabarozzi

‘The Jews have got into trouble again…’: Responses to the Publication of “Cronaca Israelitica” and the Question of Jewish Emancipation in the Ionian Islands (1861–1863)
by Dimitrios Varvaritis

The Jewish Conspiracy Revealed (1897). Adolf Stöcker and the 19th-Century Antisemitism in Finland
by Tarja-Liisa Luukkanen

From “Court Jew” Origins to Civil-Servant Nationalism: Hajim S. Davi?o (1854–1916)
by Bojan Mitrovi?

Early Identity-Politics: The Case of Cahan and Schiff (1915–1917)
by Ehud Manor

“He’ll become an antisemite here anyway.” Israel as Seen by Karl Hartl, the First Austrian Diplomat in Tel Aviv (1950–55)
by Rolf Steininger

Did the Germans Do It All? The Italian Shoah in International Historiography (1946–1986)
by Michele Sarfatti

Primo Levi and the Italian Memory of the Shoah
by Anna Baldini


Berel Lang, Primo Levi. The Matter of a Life
Contribution by:
Robert S. C. Gordon


Adolphe Franck, Philosophe juif, spiritualiste et libérale dans la France du XIX siècle. Actes du colloque tenu à l’Institut de France le 31 mai 2010
by Chiara Adorisio

Luca Fenoglio
Angelo Donati e la “Questione Ebraica” nella Francia Occupata dall’Esercito Italiano
by Davide Rodogno

David Cesarani, Eric J. Sundquist
After the Holocaust. Challenging the Myth of Silence
by Regula Ludi

Elissa Bemporad
Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk
by Jörg Baberowski

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