Joel Schalit / 15 May 2019

The Weight of Auschwitz

Poland Battles With Its Past

“You must come to Auschwitz. I go there once a year, with a group of third-generation Holocaust survivors.” Blond-haired and blue-eyed, in his late thirties, I found it hard to place him there.(...)

Joel Schalit / 19 Apr 2019

In Need of a New Israel Strategy

The EU and Benjamin Netanyahu

Guy Verhofstadt. Massimo D’Alema. Sigmar Gabriel. David Miliband. Over thirty strong, the list of former European foreign ministers and prime ministers had been attached to a letter published in The Guardian, imploring the EU to stay committed to the two-state solution.(...)

The past is forever. Torino, December 2018.
Joel Schalit / 11 Apr 2019

Repetition Syndrome

Towards a Nationalist European Union

The first time the heads of Italy and Germany’s two biggest fascist parties met was in Venice, in June 1934. Things didn’t go so well for Benito Mussolini, who, a longtime hero of the new German chancellor, sought Adolf Hitler’s assurance that Italy could control Austria.(...)
Joel Schalit / 20 Mar 2019

Salvini in Christchurch

Taking Responsibility for Terror

New Zealand could not have been further away. Yet, somehow, Italy’s populist-in-chief found a way to make himself a victim of the Christchurch massacre, by claiming he would be scapegoated for the event.(...)

Joel Schalit / 01 Feb 2019

Remembering Fascism in Germany

Everyone Owns the Shoah

I hate commemorating the Holocaust. Born to WWII generation Israeli-American parents in 1967, the Shoah, as we call it in Hebrew, has always been the cornerstone around which we defined our Jewishness and our politics.(...)

A Day to Remember

Travelling Through History

The passengers were black. The conductor was black. Everyone was speaking fluent English. Accented, that is. They must be from Liberia or Ghana, I reckoned.(...)

Joel Schalit / 26 Jan 2019

Turin for Migrants

Multicultural Italy

From Palermo to Turin, to outsiders, Italy resembles a typically multicultural, globalised nation-state. Difficulty in understanding that has more to do with politics than it does with actually existing Italy.(...)

Joel Schalit / 25 Jan 2019

School for Dictators

Matteo Salvini and the Italian Right

It had been his worst week in office. The press had started eating him alive. His coalition was showing signs of stress. And opposition was starting to coalesce around his refugee policy.(...)

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