The Jews of Rhodes: Between Ottomans and Italians #events
A Jewish community had lived in Rhodes and Kos since Antiquity. In
1912 Italy captured these Aegean islands from an Ottoman Empire in decline.
Planning an ambitious future 'Roman' empire in the Mediterranean, the
Italian state invested into rebuilding and growing the Jewish community.
Some resident Jews eventually acquired Italian citizenship. But the rise of
Mussolini’s Fascist dictatorship also meant a complex and difficult
relationship between the Italian state and the Jewish community. This talk
discusses the history of Jews in the islands during this period, the
different archival sources available for researching it, and some of the
meanings of this history for contemporary debates about nationality and
belonging. Our speaker this week, Valerie McGuire, is a Lecturer of Italian
Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of St Andrews
The meeting is on Sunday 19 September 2021 at 11am in LA, 2pm NYC, 7pm
London, 8pm Paris/Amsterdam and 9pm Jerusalem. Patrons can join us on Zoom.
Everyone is invited to join us for free at:
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I became aware of the Jews of Rhodes via a neighbor of my aunt in Maoz Aviv. I recall meeting them and telling me about their special status, etc. I was interested in them at the time. I will try and watch this, thank you.