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Formiggini Editore

Angelo Fortunato Formiggini was born in Collegara, near Modena, on June 21, 1878 to Pellegrino and Marianna Nacmani. His father belonged to a well-to-do family of Jewish descent that, since the 18th century, had  successfully conducted careers in the precious stone trade. After completing his studies in Modena, he graduated in Law with a thesis […]

Nineteenth Century

The Jews’ return to medieval servitude after the Italian restoration did not last long. The Revolution of 1848, which convulsed across all of Europe, brought some improvements in the condition of the Jewish minority. Although this was followed by the restoration of the Papal States only four months later, in early 1849, the persecutions and […]

Renaissance

When Jews were exiled en masse from Spain in 1492, a great number of them took refuge in Italy, where they were given protection by King Ferdinand I of Naples. Don Isaac Abravanel was even granted a position at the Neapolitan court, which he retained under the succeeding king, Alfonso II. The Spanish and Portuguese […]

Rome

The Jewish Community of Rome is probably the oldest in the world, with a continuous existence from classical times down to the present day. The first record of Jews in Rome is in 161 BCE, when Jason b. Elazar and Eupolemus b. Johanan are said to have gone there as envoys from Judah Maccabee. The […]

Molise

During the 15th and 16th centuries, Jewish families from Rome, Pisa and Ancona conducted business in Molise where they also had temporary residence.   During World War II, because of the isolation of the region, the fascist regime established Jewish internment camps and internment locations in Agnon, Maranello, Boiano, Camponasso, Campomarino, Cantalupo del Sannio, Cascalenda, […]