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

Emma Coen Pirani (1910-1999)

Pisa 28 March 1910 - Milan 30 March 1999

Lives on the move

Emigrant family members

  • Mario Coen Pirani (Pisa 4 June 1915 - São Paulo, Brazil, June 2005), cousin: law graduate, married Anna Maria Faldini, emigrated to Sao Paolo in Brazil in March 1939; became an industrialist and merchant in the textile industry there. He never returned to Italy and his children never returned from Brazil either.
  • Roberto Coen Pirani (Pisa 7 July 1907 – Milan 25 October 1993), cousin: chemist, emigrated to the USA in October 1939 with his wife Leonora Finzi Coen Pirani and his three children; they returned to Italy in 1946.
  • Corrado Levi later Conrad Levi Pirani (Pisa 29 July 1914 - Pittsfield, USA, 28 May 2005), cousin: graduated in medicine, emigrated to the USA in July 1939. He became a pathologist and university instructor in Chicago; he had three children with his wife Luciana: Barbara, Sylvia, Robert. They never returned to Italy.

Aid organisations

  • Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars, New York

Support network

  • Vittorio Zanzi (1896-1985), district commissioner of the Municipality of Cotignola: after 8 September 1943 procured fake documents for Emma and her parents.
  • Paolo Contini (1913-1975), Ferrara jurist who emigrated to New York: in 1939 he reported her case to the Emergency Committee of New York.



Birth and education

  • Student

University education and employment

  • Università di Bologna; from 1933 to 1939 librarian at the Biblioteca universitaria di Bologna.
  • Student,Stable employment
  • Office worker
1943Emilia, Veneto

Refugee during the occupation

  • Unemployed

Reintegrated as a librarian

  • Biblioteca universitaria di Bologna
  • Stable employment
  • Official