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International Holocaust Remembrance Day: webinar on Sephardic communities in Lisbon

Giornata Memoria

To commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, the Italian Embassy in Lisbon has organized a multidisciplinary online meeting (16:00 – 17:00 CET) entitled “For a collective memory: Sephardic communities in Italy between the Diaspora and the Shoah.” The event, which is taking place today, 27 January, is organized in partnership with the Chair of Sephardic Studies, “Alberto Benveniste” of the University of Lisbon and the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC).

The webinar will be attended by the Italian Ambassador Carlo Formosa, the director of the Chair of Sephardic Studies “Alberto Benveniste,” Maria de Fátima Reis, the researcher Susana Bastos Mateus and the director of the Italian Cultural Institute Stefano Scaramuzzino. Giuseppe Marcocci, Professor of Iberian History at the University of Oxford, will deliver a presentation. The debate aims to shed light on the history of Sephardic communities in the Iberian Peninsula and their relationship with the history of Jews in Italy; it intends to outline the relationship between the persecutions suffered by Sephardic Jews in the modern age and contemporary anti-Semitism.

A reading performance by poet and playwright Miguel Jesus, together with Juliana Capilé and Nylon Princeso will conclude the meeting.

The event will take place on the Zoom platform and live-streamed on the Embassy’s Facebook page.

Simultaneous translation into Italian and Portuguese is available on: