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Venice & Its Jews: 500 Years Since the Founding of the Ghetto

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  • Venice & Its Jews: 500 Years Since the Founding of the Ghetto 
    Title: Venice & Its Jews: 500 Years Since the Founding of the Ghetto
    Author: CALABI DONATELLA
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 01/04/2017
    Imprint: OFFICINA LIBRARIA
    Price: $30.00
    Publishing status: Active

    500 years ago in Venice, the first ghetto was born. It was the first of many 'Jewish enclosures' ordained by political powers, such as the Venetian senate. A place to confine, it soon became an important cosmopolitan and commercial centre of the Republic.

    The architectural structure of its housing, which became extraordinarily high to accommodate the increasing number of inhabitants, is strictly interlaced with Venetian history, economy and culture. As one of the main Jewish centres in Italy and the Mediterranean, Venice played a crucial role in the Jewish world. The Venetian word 'geto' (from 'gettare', to throw away) originated from the sector of Venice where scrap metal accumulated from foundries.

    This was the area assigned to the Jews. Thus the word, over the course of time, has become a synonym for segregation. "Venice, the Jews, and Europe" exhibition runs in Venice until November 13 2016.

    ISBN: 9788899765293
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