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

Giuseppe (Josip) Medshiboshski (1881-1968)

Kishineff (Russia, then Chișinău, Moldova) 5 December 1881 - Florence 11 April 1968

Lives on the move

Emigrant family members

  • Aldo (Abramo) Medshiboshski (Meggiboschi) (Riga, Russia then Lettonia 15 May 1912 - Florence 25 January 1992), son: brought by his mother to France in 1912 to be reunited with his father, and then to Italy, in Florence, where he became a Doctor. Struck by the racial laws like his parents and sisters, Ester (Montevarchi, Arezzo 16 April 1915 - Florence 8 December 1996) and Flora (S. Giovanni Valdarno, Arezzo 9 June 1917 - Paris 26 June 2016), all stateless. He hid himself with his family. He remained in Italy.
  • Guta Gluckmann Medshiboshski (Meggiboschi) (Dinaminde, Riga, at that time Russia then Latvia, 5 February 1885 - Florence 26 February 1947), wife: in 1912 from Riga with her son she joined her husband, a political refugee, in Paris; together in 1913 in Florence. Doctor, removed from the professional register, in 1943 she hid herself with her family. He remained in Italy.


1881Kishinev (Russia, than Chișinău, Moldova)

Birth and Education

  • Student
?Odessa (Russia, than Ukraine)

University studies

  • Student
?Riga (Russia, than Lettonia)


  • Freelance job
  • Doctor / Dentist

Political exile


Emigration to Italy

  • University of Florence
  • Student,Unemployed
1915Arezzo (province), Italy

Local Doctor

  • Freelance job,Fixed-term employment
  • Doctor / Dentist
1920Capannoli (Pisa), Italy

Transfer for new office

  • Freelance job,Fixed-term employment
  • Doctor / Dentist

Doctor in Florence

  • Removed from the professional register in 1939
  • Freelance job
  • Doctor / Dentist
1943Montecatini Terme (Pistoia), Italy

Hidden with the family


Return to Florence

  • 1955-56 University Lecturer, University of Florence
  • Freelance job,Fixed-term employment
  • Doctor / Dentist,Untenured professor