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A conversation with Edith Bruck in Washington
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A conversation with Edith Bruck in Washington

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For the Remembrance Day, a testimony of the horrors of the Holocaust.

On January 24, 2022, as part of our commemorations for Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022, the Embassy of Italy in the United States and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington invite you to an online conversation with Edith Bruck.

Edith Bruck is a holocaust survivor whose adopted home is Italy. Born to a poor Jewish family in Tiszabercel, Hungary, Bruck was deported to Auschwitz when she was only 12 years old. While Bruck’s parents and one brother died in the camps, Edith and her sister Eliz survived and were liberated in 1945. In 1954, she immigrated to Italy, where she found a new home in Rome and began to write the story of her life in Italian.

Both a victim and a witness, Bruck has dedicated her whole life to writing and bearing testimony as a survivor of the Holocaust. Unlike many testimonies of the holocaust, Bruck does not limit her narration to the events in the lager but narrates her childhood before her deportation and the continuing hostility of Europe toward the survivors, even after the war. Bruck has published poetry, stories, novels, and articles, all in Italian, and has worked on several films as a director and screenwriter. Her latest book “Il pane perduto” (The Lost Bread) was one of the candidates for the 2021 Premio Strega.

The conversation will be led by Stefania Lucamante, Professor at the University of Cagliari, where she holds the Chair of Italian Contemporary Literature. Professor Emerita at the Catholic University of America Washington, DC, where she directed the Italian Studies Program, Prof. Lucamante has lectured and has been keynote speaker in many universities and in various conferences around the world. Her main fields of research concern representations of history and memory in Women’s contemporary literature and the role of passions in literature.

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