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Italy Jewish History Richer Than Gelato

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/travel/article/italy_jewish_history_richer_than_gelato_20040102

Twenty years ago, an Italian television channel hired Annie Sacerdoti, a Jewish writer and editor in Milan, to produce a documentary about Jewish history in Italy's northern Lombardy region. At the time, Sacerdoti had long been an active member of the 10,000-strong Jewish community in Milan, the Lombard capital. But what she found while researching the program changed her sense of identity as an Italian Jew and in many ways changed her life. In small provincial towns around the region, she found Jewish cemeteries abandoned to the elements and deserted synagogues standing empty or used as carpenter shops or other places of business.

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