A Place in the Sun: Italian Jews and the Colonization of Africa

A Place in the Sun: Italian Jews and the Colonization of Africa

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A lecture by Shira Klein (Chapman University)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
12:00 PM
New location: 314 Royce Hall
UCLA

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Viterbi Seminar in Mediterranean Jewish Studies

 

For four decades (1890s-1930s), Italian Jews strongly approved of their country’s colonizing enterprise. Throughout Italy’s expansion to Somalia, Eritrea, Libya, and Ethiopia, Italian Jews lent their support. But the act of colonizing challenged their comfortable dual identity, namely, their ability to be both Italian and Jewish. The empire pitted Italian colonizers and colonized African Jews against each other, and Italian Jews found themselves caught in the middle.



Shira Klein is an Assistant Professor of History at Chapman University. She is the author of Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism (Cambridge, 2018).


Cost : free

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies