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Joel Blatt: "Mussolini, Italian Fascism, and the Jewish Question" at UConn Stamford

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Stamford Campus
Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

About the Talk

This lecture will discuss the fate of Jews in fascist Italy. At first, Mussolini was not especially antisemitic, but from 1934 onward, the dictator increasingly persecuted Jews and stripped them of their rights. From September 1943 until the end of April 1945, about 15% of the Jews in Italy were murdered. This lecture will analyze Mussolini's shifting policies. At times it will also refer to the emancipated Jewish Italian Rosselli family.

About the Speaker

Professor Joel Blatt teaches European History at the UConn Stamford Campus. A historian of the 20th century, his courses include the Holocaust, Personality and Power, and Fascism/Anti-Fascism in Italy and Nazi Germany (among others). He is editor of The French Defeat of 1940: Reassessments and author of a number of articles. His current project is a book on the assassination of the anti-Fascist Italian Jewish Rosselli brothers. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding teaching and service at UConn-Stamford. 

The talk is free and open to the public.  It is sponsored by the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life and the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County. If you require an accommodation, please contact Stamford Coordinator for Judaic Studies Professor Fred Roden at or 203-251-8559.


Professor Fred Roden at or 203-251-8559

Judaic Studies (primary), History Department, UConn Master Calendar

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