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Fabrizio Lelli: Discussion on Jewish Refugees in Apulia at the IIC – Jan. 28

Date 01.24.2015

Fabrizio Lelli, Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of Salento (Lecce, Italy), will discuss documents and personal testimonies from former refugees in the Apulia region of southern Italy on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles.

Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

At the end of WWII, more than 250,000 Jewish refugees lived in DP camps in Germany, Austria and Italy which were set up under the aegis of the UN and the Allied Forces, with the support of international Jewish organizations. Since 2000, Fabrizio Lelli has been collecting documents and personal testimonies from former refugees in the Apulia region of southern Italy. Traumatized, unable or unwilling to return to their former homes, many were stuck in a Mediterranean limbo, trying to recover from the war but without knowing where they would-or could-go next. Through his Jewish Refugees in Apulia Project, Lelli has published the moving stories of 36 refugees on his website. His work also played a role in convincing an Italian municipality to preserve three murals painted by a Jewish refugee in a building slated for demolition.

Organized by UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA Department of Italian and IIC