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It was fantastic--clear, informative, encompassing. The visuals went well with what Dr. Galante was saying, and were inherently interesting. I was engaged every minute of her presentation.
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As always, Livia's lecture was well-organized, very full with information, and was accompanied by excellent graphics and photos. This was an interesting look at a community's growth from ancient to modern times. I received more information about the Stones of Memory embedded in pavement in Rome, having seen them when on a tour in Amsterdam. And, now am stimulated to learn more about the special hospital on the island in the Tiber River where a doctor helped many Jews be saved from the Nazi's with the false neurological disorder, "K Syndrome". Ending with a short presentation about Hannukah in Rome was perfect.
Livia Galante's usual enthusiasm, knowledge, and joy in presenting the seminar's material were on full display as she led us through the history of Jews in Rome, starting with the first known arrival of Jews as emissaries in the BCE period all the way to today with how Romans celebrate Hanukkah, focusing of course on all the serious history in between. The slides were excellent too, as usual.
Historical and ethnographic review of the Jewish presence in Rome