"Fascism and Racial Laws in Mussolini's Italy" - Sandisfield Arts Center
Name: "Fascism and Racial Laws in Mussolini's Italy" - Sandisfield Arts Center
Date: September 21, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
The Sandisfield Arts Center will present a 2-part event with a focus on the so-called “racial laws” that were part of fascism in Mussolini’s Italy. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis will be shown on Friday, September 20 at 6:00pm. The movie tells the story of how the Finzi-Continis--real people in the top rung of Italian society--suffered tragically under Mussolini’s racial laws..Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. On Saturday, September 21 at 10:30am, noted historian and author Dr. Robert A. Maryks will present a slideshow and talk on his original research into Fascism and Racial Laws in Mussolini’s Italy, which will include correspondence from the Finzi-Continis. The film is part of the Sandisfield Arts Center’s Free Friday Night Film series. Tickets for the Saturday talk are $10 and available online at www.sandisfieldartscenter.org In his talk and slide presentation, historian and part-time Sandisfield resident Dr. Robert A. Maryks will tell a story of the impact of the racial laws on the Jews (and those who were considered Jews) under the Mussolini regime. This story is based on 139 letters that were exchanged between the victims of those laws (and their relatives and friends) and the Jesuit priest Pietro Tacchi Venturi (1861–1956) who interceded within the Fascist government in order to circumvent or alleviate various provisions of the 1938 anti-Jewish legislation. Maryks discovered these letters in a Roman archive and published them in a recent book.