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

Alessandro Seppilli (1902-1995)

Trieste 7 May 1902 - Perugia 2 February 1995

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Emigrant family members

  • Anita Schwarzkopf Seppilli (Fiume 29 August 1902 - Perugia 19 March 1991), wife: after graduating high school in Trieste she enrolled at the University of Florence, where she moved to with Alessandro Seppilli. The two married in 1923 and later moved to Padua where, in 1928, Tullio was born. In July 1939 she emigrated to Brazil, where she dedicated herself to anthropology. She went back to Italy to be reunited with her husband in 1947, together with Tullio, continuing her studies there.
  • Tullio Seppilli (Padova 16 October 1928 - Perugia 23 August 2017), son: born in Padua, emigrated to Brazil with his family when he was only 10, leaving from Trieste around 15 June 1939 and arriving in Santos, São Paulo, on 4 July 1939. He returned to Italy in 1947, together with his mother to join his father Alessandro, who had been reinstated at the University of Modena.
  • Maria Luisa (Luigia, Louise) Treves Schwarzkopf (Trieste 25 October 1873 - 13 January 1950), mother-in-law: widow of Emilio Schwarzkopf whom she had married in 1899, emigrated to Brazil with a visa obtained in Trieste on 18 August 1939. She arrived in Santos on 29 December 1939. In 1947, when she was 74, she moved back to Trieste.
  • Emma Venturina D’Ancona Seppilli (Ancona 4 February 1868 - Perugia 9 October 1950), mother: in 1890 married in Bologna Giacomo Seppilli; the two emigrated to Brazil on 29 December 1939. She was registered as a housewife. She returned to Italy, in Modena, in 1947 and died in Perugia, where the couple had moved in 1949.
  • Giacomo Vittorio Emanuele Seppilli (Trieste 27 May 1864 - Perugia 3 January 1950), father: retailer and coffee importer from Brazil, was chief of the Jewish community of Trieste between 1922 and 1937; he emigrated to Brazil with his wife on 29 December 1939, with a visa obtained in Trieste on 5 October 1938. They lived together with Alessandro's family and later followed them to Modena and Perugia. He returned to Italy when he was 83.
  • Alice Schwarzkopf Pincherle (Fiume 10 October 1900 - Butantã 10 June 1973), sister-in-law: daughter of Emilio and Luisa Treves; pianist, teacher of singing and theatrical diction in Trieste, arrived in Brazil on 12 May 1939 with her husband and her children. She never returned to Italy permanently.
  • Giacomo Giuseppe Pincherle, called Pino and Josè in Brazil (Trieste 26 July 1893 - Butantã 30 October 1966), brother-in-law: emigrated to Brazil on 12 May 1939, with a tourist visa obtained on 16 December 1938, valid also for his children Nydia e Livio. His parents Erminio and Emma Luzzatto also joined him in Brazil, with tourist visas as well, obtained in December of 1939. He never returned to Italy permanently.
  • Nydia Licia Pincherle (Trieste 30 April 1926 - 12? December 2015), nephew: emigrated to Brazil on 12 May 1939 with her parents Pino and Alice when she was 13. She had a daughter, Sylvia, who later married Sergio Cardoso. She never returned to Italy permanently.
  • Livio Tullio (later Tulio) Pincherle (Trieste 26 December 1924 - Sâo Paulo 30 July 1997), nephew: emigrated to Brazil with his parents Pino and Alice and his sister Nydia on 12 May 1939 when he was 15. He never returned to Italy permanently.

Support network

  • A Brazilian microbiologist, who Alessandro Seppilli met at an international conference, and who had a relative in the Brazilian government: provided them with visas to enter Brazil.