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Hospitality between past and present

What did the word “hospitality” mean in the past? And what does it mean today? The analysis by historian Anna Foa starting from the Evian Conference of 1938, that had been summoned to discuss the issue of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, during which nonetheless no participating country decided to host them.


​Remembering my father, Dr. Ho Feng Shan

My father would have been astonished by the honors that have since been accorded him. To him, the reason for doing what he did was simply this, he said: “On seeing the tragic plight of the Jews, it is natural to feel deep compassion, and from the standpoint of humanity, to be impelled to help them". By Ho Manli 


The Chief of Sindjar, a Righteous for the Armenians

An excerpt from the book I disobbedienti (Guerini e Associati) by Pietro Kuciukian, Honorary Consul of Armenia to Italy and co-founder of Gariwo, about the figure of Hammo Shero, the Yazidi chief who sheltered the Armenian refugees during the genocide of 1915-16.


Giulio De Benedetti or the failure to understand the subliminal message of the “mystical”

The interview granted by Hitler to Giulio De Benedetti in March 1923 is a rarity. Vincenzo Pinto, curator of a commented critical edition of the Mein Kampf, explores the features of  the charismatic leader, the reasons of his appeal and why it was impossible to grasp his intentions from the start.


The racist laws on the dock

A Trial against the racist laws, whose 80th anniversary recurs this year. We are not only motivated by this recurrence. Italy has never done a proper soul searching on what had been a true abomination from the juridic and moral point of view.


Life in jail to Ratko Mladic

Now comes the eagerly awaited first degree verdict – after a trial that had started on 6 May 2012 , in which over 300 witnesses have been heard and more than 10,000 pieces of evidence have been analysed - against the “butcher of Srebrenica” who led the genocide of 11 July 1995, in which over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered. A verdict, which presents us with the portrait of an executioner.


Persecutions, torture, massacres

the violation of human rights

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, approved in Paris by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, states: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood".The day before the General Assembly itself had approved in New York the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which was defined as the intentional destruction, as a whole or in part, of"a national, ethnical, racial or religious group", with the well-known exclusion of the political groups due to the opposition of the Eastern Bloc countries, which feared being charged for persecuting their foes (the so-called enemies of the people who were condemned to forced labour in the Gulag camps).

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The book

​Tears of the Desert

Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis

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Yuri Bandachevsky

scientist, anatomo-pathologist and Soviet dissident