Two Events with Rabbi Barbara Aiello

October 28, 2017 (All day) to October 29, 2017 (All day)

Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 1-4pm | Heinz History Center

I’m Italian, but could I be Jewish, too? The Story of the Hidden Jews of Southern Italy

The Italian Jewish Cultural Center of Calabria (IjCCC) is an international organization based in Calabria, the southernmost region of Italy. Founded by Rabbi Barbara Aiello, whose Jewish ancestry includes B’nai Anusim (Italians whose ancestors were forced into adult baptism and Christian conversion during Inquisition times), is the founding director of the IjCCC, an organization dedicated to help those with Italian heritage determine if their family surnames indicate Italian Jewish roots.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 1-4pm | Heinz History Center

Italian Jews and World War II: The Amazing Story of how Southern Italians helped Jews during the Holocaust

As the Nazi Holocaust took the lives of six million Jews across Europe, a different story played out in Italy. According to most estimates, around 80% of Italy’s Jews survived the war. What accounts for the Jewish survival rate in Fascist Italy?

In her lecture, Rabbi Barbara Aiello discusses the experience of Italian Jews during World War II, focusing on the southern region of Calabria, where she serves as Rabbi of Congregation Ner Tamid del Sud. Calabria was home to Italy’s largest concentration camp, Ferramonti, where 4,000 Jews were interned. Extraordinarily, only four Jews perished in Ferramonti, killed in an Allied bombing raid. Rabbi Barbara will share stories of the Calabrian villagers and other Italians who protected their Jewish neighbors at great personal risk.