Presented by the Primo Levi Center.
A conversation with Shulim Vogelmann (La Giuntina, Florence).
It is well known that Italy is the homeland of the printed Hebrew book. Shortly after the invention of the printing press the first two volumes in Hebrew were printed in Rome and Reggio Calabria approximately between 1472 and 1487. The printed book had profound effects on the Jewish world, on one side opening networks of communication and exchange, on the other introducing new forms of internal normativity and authority.
Family-run publishers flourished up to the first decades of the 20th century participating in the shaping of public life, education as well as the debate and aspirations of the new country. Early fascist purges, censorship and, eventually, the race laws of 1938 put an end to this story. Jewish-run publishing houses were either closed or confiscated and passed into the hands of non-Jewish owners. After the end of World War II, Jewish publishing resumed in various forms, Jewish newsprints and zines, the national Jewish journal La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, community bulletins to Yiddish and Hebrew press produced in DP camps. Shulim Vogelman, a representative of a new generation of Italian publishers committed to nourish Jewish life and make it known to the larger society, will discuss history and current perspectives.