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Haifa – A world without us by Manuela Dviri at Italian Institute

The second event held at the Italian Cultural Institute in Haifa is the presentation of Manuela Dviri’s book, “A world without us”, by Miriam Levi Liuzzi on January 20, for Remembrance Day 2016. Manuela Dviri is a daughter gradually piecing together a vast family puzzle; she is a mother who loses her beloved 20-year-old son in a war and finds in her memories the strength to be reborn and fight so that other mothers are spared such suffering.  From the Israel of today and the Italy of the past, she traces the way of a large Jewish family, in a journey through the golden pre-war years, with their perfumes, foods, religious festivals, joyful weddings, family reunions and seaside holidays, as well as the dark, tragic, painful years of persecution. A saga of Italian Jews before the Holocaust, a story evil was not able to erase, despite its crazed attempt to “write” a world without them, without Jews. 

“A world without us”

But there is no them and us, and a world without them would be a world without us. Without all of us. 

The first event organised to mark Remembrance Day was the screening of the documentary “Born again in Puglia.  Shores of Light (Salento 1945-47) last Tuesday, and will continue with a further two: the screening of Vittorio De Sica’s film “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis”, taken from the book by Giorgio Bassani, on January 21; and “Bridges of remembrance. Remembering the past to build the future”, free literary and creative workshops for children organised by Maria Gavina Manca on January 25.