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Oral history interview with Guido Calabresi

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.266.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0942

Guido Calabresi, born October 18, 1932 in Milan, Italy, describes the background of his Italian Jewish family; his mother, who came from the Finzi-Contini family; his father Massimo Calabresi, who was a cardiologist; his older brother; his family’s decision to leave Italy because of the racial laws enacted by Mussolini against Jews in 1938; how his whole family survived WWII; the difficulty of leaving Italy after the war began; the difficulties of adjusting to American life and facing poverty after living prosperously in Italy; living in a hotel in Manhattan; the fellowship at Yale his father received and the postponement of the fellowship; feeling isolated and like an outsider in the Yale community; the numerous Mussolini supporters in the Italian-American community in New Haven, CT; his parents’ involvement in the anti-fascist movement in Italy in the 1920s and 1930s; the minority of people in New Haven interested in anti-fascist activities; visiting Italy with his brother after the war; his career as a judge; his various extended family members who went to Palestine, Brazil, or remained in Italy; and his current project, writing a book about his family members who stayed in Italy.

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Judge Guido Calabresi
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2017 July 27
creation: New Haven (Conn.)
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:38:24
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