Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti, historian and curator of the MEIS upcoming exhibit “Beyond the Ghetto. Inside&Out” in conversation with historian and Pulitzer Prize winner David Kertzer about the Mortara case.
Bologna (Papal States), 24 June, 1858. Edgardo Mortara, a six-year old Jewish child, is kidnapped by the police and admitted to the House of Catechumens. Baptized in secret by a servant, Edgardo will never be returned to his family. In the midst of the Risorgimento, the case shocks Italian and international public opinion calling into question the legitimacy of papal power.
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