Patrizia Guarnieri

Intellectuals Displaced from Fascist Italy.

Migrants, Exiles and Refugees Fleeing for Political and Racial Reasons

©2019-Author(s) Published by Firenze University Press
e-ISBN: 978-88-6453-872-3 | DOI: 10.36253/978-88-6453-872-3

Intellectuals Displaced from Fascist Italy

Flora Aghib Levi D'Ancona (1895-1982)

Other headings: Flora Levi D’ancona

Livorno 18 February 1895 - Florence 24 December 1982

Lives on the move

Emigrant family members

  • Ezio Levi D’Ancona (Mantova 1884 - Boston 1941), husband: emigrated with her to the USA in 1939, died in 1941.- Antonio Giacomo Levi D'Ancona (1917 - Florence 1986), son: sought refuge in Switzerland in January 1944, returned to Italy after the Liberation.
  • Mirella Luigia Levi D'Ancona (Florence 1919 - Florence 2014), daughter: sought refuge in Switzerland in January 1944, returned to Italy after the Liberation, emigrated to the USA in 1946 with her brother Viviano Ludovico Emanuele; became a full professor of Art History at CUNY; returned to Italy after retirement.
  • Vivaldo Ernesto Levi D'Ancona (Florence 1921 - Campinas, Brazil, 2009), son: emigrated to the USA in 1940, moved to Brazil in 1949; engineer and entrepreneur, never returned to Italy.- Pier Lorenzo Arturo Levi D'Ancona (Florence 1926), son: sought refuge in Switzerland in January 1944, returned to Italy after the Liberation.
  • Viviano Ludovico Emanuele Levi D'Ancona (Florence 1937), son: sought refuge in Switzerland in January 1944, returned to Italy after the Liberation, emigrated to the USA in 1946 with his sister Mirella; returned to Italy with his mother in 1950.

Aid organisations

  • Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars, New York
  • The Friends of Refugee Teachers 
  • The Women’s League of the United Synagogue of America, New York

References

Actual references:

  • reference provided by Mildred Helen McAfee (1900-1994), President of Wellesley College, Massachusetts.

Support network

  • Her father Arturo Aghib (1865-1944): took care of his grandchildren who remained in Italy from 1939.
  • Laura Capon Fermi (1907-1977), cousin twice-removed: took in Flora and her husband Ezio Levi, newly arrived in the USA, December 1939.
  • Ginevra Capocelli, a friend who had emigrated to New York in 1922: helped the couple find their initial accommodation there.

Movements

1895Livorno

Birth and education

  • Florence, Livorno, Palermo, Naples, Florence
  • Student,Not employed
1939New York

Emigration to the US with husband Ezio Levi

  • Not employed
1939Lubbock (Texas)

With her husband, who had been appointed to a short-term university position.

  • Not employed
1939Ciudad Juàrez (Messico)

Trip to Mexico to obtain visa

1940El Paso (Texas)

With her husband, to look for accommodation

1940Wellesley (MA)

With her husband, who had been appointed to a university teaching position.

1941Millbrook (NY)

Teaching position

  • Bennett Junior college (NY)
  • Fixed-term employment
  • Untenured professor
?Chattam Hall (Virginia)

Teaching position

  • College in Chattam Hall (Virginia)
  • Fixed-term employment
  • Untenured professor
?Sweet Briar (Virginia)

Teaching position

  • Sweet Briar College (Virginia)
  • Fixed-term employment
  • Untenured professor
1950Florence

Return to Italy

  • Scholar and writer in Florence
  • Not employed
1982Florence