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Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999$
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Ezra Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.001.0001

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Kate Cohen, The Neppi Modona Diaries: Reading Jewish Survival through My Italian Family. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1997. 274 pp.

Kate Cohen, The Neppi Modona Diaries: Reading Jewish Survival through My Italian Family. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1997. 274 pp.

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Kate Cohen, The Neppi Modona Diaries: Reading Jewish Survival through My Italian Family. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1997. 274 pp.
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Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999
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Susan Zuccotti

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.003.0015

A review of the book, The Neppi Modona Diaries: Reading Jewish Survival through My Italian Family by Kate Cohen is presented. Despite its title, the book is much more than just a memoir. In addition to presenting two separate accounts written by an Italian Jewish father and son (distant relatives of the author), Kate Cohen has interviewed the mother and daughter, added excerpts from other survivor testimonies, provided some historical background and analyzed the psychological effects of identity-changing and hiding. She concludes with her own personal meditations on what it means to be a Jew. While sometimes uneven, the result is enlightening and provocative. Cohen does not shy away from the negative or the controversial.

Keywords:   identity-changing, memoir, Jews

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