Italy’s Jews Under the Shadow of the Holocaust

Barbara Starrett

SaddleBrooke Freethinkers are proud to have Deborah Kaye, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in the French and Italian Department and Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona, speak on “Italy’s Jews under the Shadow of the Holocaust” on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. at the DesertView Theater, with a social at 1:30 p.m. The lecture will provide a montage of Italian Jewish responses to the Holocaust based on letters, diaries, and personal interviews.

Dr. Kaye earned her Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Arizona and her M.A. in Jewish History from The University of Michigan. She is a Fulbright scholar and historian whose research interests focus on the role of Jewish communities in Italian nationalism. In recent years, Dr. Kaye has devoted her time and energies to developing curriculum for the university’s General Education program. She teaches courses on Holocaust history, representation, and memory, among other subjects. Dr. Kaye also serves as the editor for medieval and early modern Judaism for the Religious Studies Review at Rice University.

SaddleBrooke Freethinkers provides a forum for the responsible search for truth and meaning in understanding and solving human problems by applying science and reason. We believe that tolerance, compassion, equity, and civility should characterize interactions among people and organizations. We strive to achieve these goals through meetings, lectures, and discussions.

SaddleBrooke Freethinkers meetings are now held at the DesertView Theater on Sunday afternoons, with a member social starting at 1:30 p.m. The program begins at 2 p.m. For dates and subjects, go to our website

You can become a member of the SaddleBrooke Freethinkers for $15 per calendar year. This fee includes all lectures and other Freethinkers events, like the book club and social events. The lecture program runs January through April and October through December. Lectures are open to all SaddleBrooke residents and their guests as space is available. Nonmembers are encouraged to make a $4 donation to defray costs. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or cash donations for the Tri-Community Food Bank.

Please note that beginning this fall, Freethinkers meetings will be at the DesertView Theater at 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive on Sunday afternoons, with lectures beginning at 2 p.m.

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