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He is a professor anthropology & history at Brown University. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island. (Publisher Provided)
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Tekijän teokset

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (1997) 363 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
Ritual, Politics, and Power (1988) 70 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Jewish Writer (1998) — Avustaja — 53 kappaletta

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Kanoninen nimi
Kertzer, David I.
Virallinen nimi
Kertzer, David Israel
New York, New York, USA
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Brandeis University (Ph.D|1974)
Brown University (BA|1969)
academic administrator
Brown University
Bowdoin College
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Pulitzer Prize for Biography (2015)
Marraro Prize (1985, 1990)
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005)
Guggenheim Fellowship (1986)
National Jewish Book Award (1997)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
David I. Kertzer was born in 1948 in New York City. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986, he has twice been awarded, in 1985 and 1990, the Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies for the best work on Italian history. He is currently Paul Dupee, Jr. University Professor of Social Science and a professor of anthropology and history at Brown University. He and his family live in Providence.  [from LOC.Gov, record for Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara]



This was among the most disturbing books I have read. The story about the collaboration of the Papacy with Italian fascism is too long in coming. As I read these pages it made me pray for the dissolution of the papacy and the Jesuit order. You could take them along with the British Monarchy and consign them to the dustbin of history.
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MylesKesten | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 23, 2024 |
This is a disturbing book for the author’s purpose is to tell the story of foundling homes in Italy; why they were created, how they were organized, who used them, why they lasted so long, and why they came to an end. Up until recent times, within living memory, Italians and the RCC believed an illegitimate birth was always considered to be the mother’s testimony to a sin. The sight of an unwed woman raising a child by herself was viewed as amoral and an affront to the RCC recognized married family. During the Reformation, the RCC fought against the rise of Protestantism by bringing reproduction and families under its control. The RCC began its policing of unmarried woman by ordering midwives to report same to authorities then followed with unmarried pregnant women being required to register with church authorities, and to serve as wet nurses in foundling homes. This led to the addition of a “wheel” in the walls of churches whereby an unwanted baby could be left surreptitiously by anonymous mothers. By the 1859s, poor married couples believed it to be their right to abandon the legitimate children and neither the state or the RCC did anything stop them. The wheel emphasized:
1. Mother’s right to secrecy.
2. Father’s right to lack of responsibility
3. Belief that the RCC could take better care of illegitimate children than parents could
The system was designed by and offered special protections for men – ensuring that they would bear little or no responsibility for the children they sired out of wedlock – but it regulated and punished primarily women. Church, state, and culture led to infant abandonment and the power of the priests wasn’t curtailed until the creation of a secular Italian nation. The RCC wasn’t afraid an abandoned infant would die of exposure, drowning, starvation, eaten by animals but was afraid the child would die unbaptized. Directors of foundling homes were distressed and dismayed by the large numbers of unwanted babies dying in their care but in a time when infant formulas were only a dream, enough wet nurses could not be found to feed the babies so they died from starvation and lack of care. The author summarizes his book thusly: “Well into the present century, babies without names, without parents, without families, would be sent out from the country’s many foundling homes to their remote wet nurses, little wanderers across the rural landscape.” The book is a searing indictment of the Roman Catholic church which used and continues to use fetal rights as the new assault on feminism
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ShelleyAlberta | Dec 18, 2022 |
The official Catholic response to WWII was pretty disappointing -- supporting Mussolini and the Fascists to preserve the Lateran Treaty establishing the Vatican City, not condemning Germany's invasion of Poland (and other Christian countries like France and Greece), silence (except for baptized Jews only in Italy) while the Jews (and others) were exterminated, etc. The Pope seemed more concerned that the Communists be defeated and the Church survive the Axis powers winning.
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Castinet | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 10, 2022 |
La Chiesa cattolica è corresponsabile dell'Olocausto? In che misura il tradizionale "antigiudaismo" cattolico ha alimentato l'odio che ha condotto allo sterminio? Quali sono stati gli atti e gli atteggiamenti dei papi nei confronti degli ebrei, dall'inizio dell'Ottocento fino alla seconda guerra mondiale? Per rispondere a queste domande, nel 1987 lo stesso Giovanni Paolo II aveva promosso un'indagine storica, che si era chiusa nel 1998 con una dichiarazione di sostanziale innocenza. Al termine della sua lunga ricerca, svolta in gran parte negli archivi vaticani, Kertzer sostiene che per decenni, ancora per tutto l'Ottocento, il Papato ha alimentato la demonizzazione degli ebrei, e che nel Novecento il suo atteggiamento è stato pavido e ambiguo. (fonte: retro di copertina)… (lisätietoja)
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MemorialeSardoShoah | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 25, 2022 |



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