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Giorno del ricordo – Esodo giuliano-dalmata By Angelica Gardini








Nel febbraio del 1947 l’Italia ratifica il trattato di pace che pone fine alla Seconda guerra mondiale, l’Istria e la Dalmazia vengono cedute alla Jugoslavia. Nelle regioni del Nord-Est inizia il calvario delle genti dalmate, della Venezia Giulia e di Trieste, designata Territorio Libero e consegnata alla pace divisa in due – Zona A e Zona B – e amministrata da una parte da un Governo militare alleato e dell’altra dalla Jugoslavia del maresciallo Tito.

Trecentocinquantamila persone si trasformano in esuli. Scappano dal terrore, non hanno nulla, sono bocche da sfamare.

La prima ondata di violenza esplode subito dopo la firma dell’armistizio: in Istria e in Dalmazia i partigiani slavi si vendicano contro i fascisti e gli italiani non comunisti. Torturano, massacrano, affamano, stuprano e poi gettano nelle foibe circa un migliaio di persone. Li considerano ‘nemici del popolo’. Le truppe del Maresciallo Tito si scatenano contro gli italiani, a cadere dentro le foibe ci sono fascisti (e presunti tali perché non comunisti), cattolici, liberaldemocratici, socialisti, uomini di chiesa, donne, anziani e bambini. È una carneficina che testimonia l’odio politico-ideologico e la pulizia etnica voluta da Tito per eliminare dalla futura Jugoslavia i non comunisti.

La sinistra italiana li ignora: non suscita solidarietà per chi sta fuggendo dalla Jugoslavia, da un paese comunista alleato dell’URSS. La vicinanza ideologica con Tito è, del resto, la ragione per cui il PCI non affronta (ancora ad oggi) il dramma degli infoibati.
La persecuzione prosegue anche oltre quando venne fissato il confine fra l’Italia e la Jugoslavia.

Le città dell’Istria, Pola prima fra tutte, svuotate dall’esodo, e la linea di vernice bianca che divideva territori e famiglie segnarono il destino di tanti italiani.

Italian Club Presentation May 17 – Music for Rome

by Dr. Bruce Carvell

About the Presenter
Dr. Bruce Carvell holds a Ph.D. in Historical Performance Practice from Washington University. He has taught music history and literature courses at Washington University and the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. He is the former director of the Washington University Collegium Musicum. He currently is Artistic Director of The Collegium Vocale of St. Louis and sings tenor with the choir of The First Congregational Church is the Cantor at the Old Cathedral in downtown St. Louis.

About the Program
Dr. Carvell will speak on the Music for Rome from a historical viewpoint and will have excerpts of music from Rome that has been considered some of the best in the world.

Italian Club Program for March 22, Renaissance Women and the Arts: Courtesans

Italian Club Meeting March 22 Program Preview
Renaissance Women and the Arts: Courtesans
by Dr. Cynthia Stollhaus





Member of the
SLU community
since 1985

About the Presenter:
Dr. Cynthia Stollhans is a Professor of Art History at Saint Louis University where she teaches courses in the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance. Her courses include: High Renaissance Art and Culture; The Art of Rome; Saints in Art; and The Life and Times of Michelangelo. In 2014, Dr. Stollhans published a book on Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Renaissance Roman Art. For the past several years her research focus has been on courtesans and mistresses as art patrons in Renaissance Rome. She usually travels to Rome twice a year to conduct research in the libraries and archives of Rome. Cindy is now a friend of the Italian Club of St. Louis.

About the Program
During the Renaissance era (1400-1600), noble women usually had the choice between being a bride or a nun. But what happened to woman on the lower economic scale who needed to work for a living? Some of these marginalized women became courtesans, women who are given money, luxuries and affection in exchange for entertainment, companionship and sexual pleasures. In art, courtesans are depicted in paintings by famous artists such as Raphael and Parmigianino. One famous courtesan named Fiammetta, who accumulated great wealth, became a patron of art commissioning a funerary chapel in a prominent Roman church. This presentation will explore paintings and architecture that reveal the many facets about the lives and lovers of some of Rome’s most glorious Renaissance courtesans including Fiammetta and Imperia.

St. Joseph’s Day Altar at St. Ambrose Church on the Hill

St. Ambrose Parish on the Hill invites everyone to the St. Joseph Altar on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Mass in Italian in St. Ambrose Church at 11:00 a.m., followed by a short procession to the School Building, right in back. The Mass will last about one hour, so the festivities in the school will begin around 12:30 p.m.

There will be two altars set up, one in the cafeteria, and one in the school. They will be blessed By Monsignor Vincent Bommarito, Pastor of St. Ambrose. Two buffet lines will be opened at that time, one in the cafeteria and one in the gym, and each will serve generous samplings of delicious food from the local restaurants.

A thoughtful donation is requested for the buffet, but admission to the event is free. The Altars will have many baked goods, Italian specialties, fruits, vegetables, breads, and other items for sale, until close, which will be around
3:30 p.m. All the money raised during the day will go to St. Ambrose School Tuition Assistance to help families facing financial hardships keep their children in the school.

St. Ambrose Parish is located at 5130 Wilson Avenue on the Hill. Come and enjoy this wonderful Italian tradition! For more information visit



National Pizza Day - February 9

National Pizza Day – February 9


National Pizza Day is observed annually on February 9th.  Whether it is thin crust, Chicago-style, deep dish or anything in between, pizza is an American favorite.

Here are some interesting facts about pizza:

  • Pepperoni is the most popular pizza at 36% of all pies ordered.
  • Over 3 billion pizzas are sold in the USA each year.  Add another 1 billion on frozen pizzas
  • 17% of all US Restaurants are pizzerias.
  •  Antica Pizzeria, the first Pizzeria, opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738.
  •  Gennaro Lombardi, the first Pizzeria in the United States, opened in 1895 in New York City.
  • Americans consume on average 23 pounds of pizza per person each year.


Throw a pizza party and give the following recipes a try:

Perfect Pepperoni Pizzas
Beer Bread Pizza
Bacon & Artichoke Pizza
Margherita Flatbread Pizza

Use #NationalPizzaDay to post on social media.

This isn’t your granddaddy’s accordion!

Photo courtesy of Cory Pesaturo

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with world champion accordionist Cory Pesaturo. We also interview Mary and Elise from the Italian Garden Project who are trying to preserve the wonderful gardening traditions of Italian-Americans via The Italian Garden Project.

Cory Pesaturo (“C Pez”) is one of only four accordionists to win World Championships on both the acoustic and digital accordion, and is the only person to ever also win a world championship on jazz. He is a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, where he was the first musician ever to major and graduate in the accordion. Cory’s main contribution is his visionary thinking of how the accordion should be used, played, and presented in modern music. He has given a TED Talk about this, which is currently the only talk in the world about the accordion.

Pesaturo’s extensive resumé includes appearances at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton on four different occasions, beggining at age 12, including eight other appearances for the Clintons since 2000 and 14 letters from the first family. On one of those occasions, he became the youngest person to ever perform at a State Dinner, performing with the Marine Strolling Strings for the President of Hungary. Some television appearances include the Late Show with David Letterman playing with Johnny Depp, the Columbus Day Parade in New York City and nationally televised programs in New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Tunisia, France and Finland. On an American broadcast, then-CNBC host Maria Bartiromo once said, “No one is currently doing more for the Accordion than Cory.” Cory currently gives master classes on both music theory and the accordion at various universities throughout the U.S. and Europe.

A win at 16 years old in a concerto competition at the New England Conservatory of Music gave Pesaturo the rare opportunity to perform with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist, where he became the youngest accordionist to ever solo with a symphony orchestra in the US back in 2003. Concerning his Jazz side, Cory recorded two CDs with saxophone legend George Garzone and his known band “The Fringe” at age 19 and has performed with jazz and music legends Quincy Jones and Wynton Marsalis. His performances at all three of his World Championships were played on accordions that were not his and were generally 90% improvised; both aspects are unheard of in the accordion world.

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