Joel Schalit / 20 Sep 2023

Florence for Outsiders

Ingathering of Exiles

They were all soldiers. Or at least had been. Some spoke in Hebrew, others in Italian. Some didn't understand each other. My Israeli father served as translator, talking to everyone in English and German. That did the trick.(...)
Redux / 16 Jul 2021

History at a Standstill

Germany and the Roma

One of The Battleground's strongest areas of coverage is Germany. Not just any German topic, but that of the country's continuing problems with racism.(...)
Not Lega voters. Turin, August 2018.
Joel Schalit / 12 Aug 2019

Minister of Hate

Salvini’s Scapegoat Strategy

“Zingaraccia.” Repeated ad nauseum as though it were a mantra, the racist slang (Fucking Gypsy) has become an integral part of Matteo Salvini’s brand.(...)