On Tuesday, February 12, UConn Stamford Professor Joel Blatt will present "Mussolini, Italian Fascism, and the Jewish Question." The talk will be held at the UConn Stamford campus in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) from 6:30-8:00 pm. A reception with light refreshments will be held from 6:00-6:30 pm.
The talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. If you require an accommodation, please contact Stamford Coordinator for Judaic Studies Professor Fred Roden at email@example.com or 203-251-8559.
About the Talk
This lecture will discuss the fate of Jews in fascist Italy. At first, Mussolini was not especially antisemitic, but from 1934 onward, the dictator increasingly persecuted Jews and stripped them of their rights. From September 1943 until the end of April 1945, about 15% of the Jews in Italy were murdered. This lecture will analyze Mussolini's shifting policies. At times it will also refer to the emancipated Jewish Italian Rosselli family.
About the Speaker
Joel Blatt has been teaching European History at the UConn Stamford Campus for many years and has been chosen a number of times for the UConn Stamford Campus Outstanding Teacher Award. He has taught and co-taught a course on the Holocaust. He is currently writing a book on The Assassination of Carlo and Nello Rosselli.
Sponsor: UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life