Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History 12 (2017)

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Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History
Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea via Eupili 8 20145 Milano Italy E-Mail: <> Tel.: +39;
Ulrich Wyrwa

With this twelfth number Quest offers its readers a miscellaneous issue. It is the second time we choose to publish in the Focus section a series of articles not tied together by a unifying theme. While we will return to publishing mostly monographic volumes in the near future, from time to time this journal will be open to the publication of single articles in miscellaneous issues.
The Focus section hosts six research articles, covering diverse topics and time periods, with contributions both from experienced scholars and from a younger generation of researchers. We open the issue with two different contributions in the field of intellectual history: Abensour offers a critical reflection on the influence of Spinoza on Elijah Benamozegh’s peculiar philosophical and theological arguments, shedding light on his notion of tolerance; Treves proposes a critical reappraisal of Freud’s Moses and Monotheism, considering - through de Certau and Barthes - the rhetorical construction of his historical discourse, and pondering on the affinities between aspects of Freud’s approach and the contemporary innovations of the Annales school. We then move on to contributions dedicated to the field of Holocaust studies: Van Camp considers, with lexicometric and qualitative analysis, the social dynamics within Nazi camps and the development of stereotypical representations of the small and peculiar group of Italian Jews who suffered deportation; Renzo instead reconstructs, through a rich archival investigation, the life of Jewish Displaced Persons present in various camps in Italy (1943-1948) and the intricate network of agencies and organizations active in offering relief and support to those survivors of the Holocaust. We close the issue with two articles by more seasoned scholars. Sarfatti analyzes Italian memory policies and in particular the genesis of the law promoting ‘Holocaust Remembrance Day’, its implementation and its effects on Italian society and culture. Giladi and Goldstein study, mainly through the use of the periodical press of the time, the attitudes towards death and the sacrificial cultures of Zionist settlers under Ottoman and later British rule.
As usual, the issue also contains the discussion of a major book – in this instance Raffaella Perin and Paolo Zanini offer their insight on David Kertzer’s The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe – and several book reviews covering various areas of research and debate in the field of Jewish history.



God’s Plurality within Unity: Spinoza’s influence on Benamozegh’s Thought
by Gabriel Abensour

“Moses and Monotheism” as History. Reading Freud through de Certau, Barthes and the Annales School
by Nethanel Treves

“They called us Maccaroni, pasta eaters…”. The Integration of Italian Jews in the Nazi Camps
by Bieke Van Camp

“Our Hopes Are Not Lost Yet.” The Jewish Displaced Persons in Italy: Relief, Rehabilitation and Self-understanding (1943–1948)
by Chiara Renzo

Notes and Reflections on the Italian Law instituting the Holocaust Remembrance Day. History, Memory and the Present
by Michele Sarfatti

The Attitude toward Bereavement in Everyday Life in the Jewish Agricultural Settlements of Eretz Israel, from the First Aliyah to the 1920s
by Devorah Giladi, Yossi Goldstein


David I. Kertzer
The Pope and Mussolini. The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe

Contribution by:
Raffaella Perin
Paolo Zanini


Stefan Vogt
Subalterne Positionierungen. Der deutsche Zionismus im Feld des Nationalismus in Deutschland 1890–1933
by Laura Almagor

Ewa Tartakowski
Les Juifs et le Maghreb: Fonctions sociales d’une littérature d’exile
by Giorgia Foscarini

Michal Szulc
Emanzipation in Stadt und Staat: Die Judenpolitik in Danzig 1807–1847
by Manfred Jehle

Ethan B. Katz, Lisa Moses Leff and Maud S. Mandel
Colonialism and the Jews
by Nadia Malinovich

Hannan Hever
Suddenly, the Sight of War: Violence and Nationalism in Hebrew Poetry in the 1940s
by Dario Miccoli

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