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

Jòzef Lewsztein (1915-1944)

Other headings: Giuseppe Lewsztein, Józef Isaac Lewsztein

Lives on the move

Emigrant family members

  • Siegfried Szarfstein (1912-1995), probably cousin: he moved to Italy from Poland and graduated in Medicine in Palermo in 1934; he emigrated to Hong Kong with his mother in 1939.

Support network

  • Lucia Capanna, her daughter Maria Storti and priest Don Augusto Giombini from Sant'Angelo in Vado (Pesaro): they protected and helped him hide during the Nazi occupation.



Birth and education


University studies

  • Università di Perugia
  • Student

Transfer to Florence

  • Università di Firenze
  • Student

Transfer to Palermo

  • Università di Palermo; City Hospital
  • Student
  • Intern
1940Ferramonti (CS)

Internment in Italy

1942Plandimeleto (Pesaro)

Internment in Italy

1943Sant’Angelo in Vado

Internment in Italy


Detained in the Pesaro prison and then in hospital