Leonora Finzi Coen Pirani (Ferrara 29 March 1910 - Milan 25 July 1986), wife: left with her husband and children for New York in October 1939, returned with him to Italy in 1946.
Leo Coen Pirani (Bologna 7 October 1934), son: left with his family for New York in 1939 when he was 5 years old, returned with them to Italy in 1946 when he was 12; having earned a degree in law, worked at the Olivetti company and married Miriam Prujan in Tel Aviv in 1968.
Claudia Coen Pirani (Bergamo 7 November 1936), daughter: left with her family for New York in 1939 when she was 3 years old, returned with them in 1946, emigrated to Israel in the 1960s, married Shmuel Segal in 1966.
Paolo Coen Pirani (Milan 10 February 1939), son: brought by his parents to New York in 1939 when he was 8 months old and to Italy in 1946 when he was 7 years old, psychoanalyst, married Laura Terracini in 1969, who gave birth to daughter Susanna (Milan 31 December 1969), and later married Luigina Cuccini in Domodossola in 1988.
Mario Coen Pirani (1915-2005), brother of Roberto: earned a degree in law, married Anna Maria Faldini, in March 1939 emigrated to São Paulo, Brazil, and became a manufacturer and merchant of textiles. Neither he nor his children returned to Italy from Brazil.
Corrado Levi (later Conrad Levi Pirani) (1914-2005), cousin of Roberto: earned a degree in medicine, emigrated to the USA in July 1939. Became a medical pathologist and university lecturer in Chicago. He and his wife Luciana had three children: Barbara, Sylvia, Robert. They did not return to italy.
Mario Giacomo Levi (1878-1954), uncle: married to Adriana Bellina Coen Pirani, had two children, Alberto and Corrado; chemistry professor, expelled from Politecnico di Milano, in 1943 sought refuge with his wife in Switzerland. Returned to Italy.
Emma Coen Pirani (1910-1999), cousin: librarian, turned to ECADFS to leave and find work abroad, but later remained with her parents in Italy.
Marcello Finzi (Ferrara 1 December 1879 - Rome 4 October 1956), father-in-law: University professor of Rights and Criminal Procedure in Modena, expelled, in 1939 emigrated with his wife Adele Olschki to Argentina, where his son Corrado joined them. Formally reintegrated in 1946-47, retired in 1951, returned to Italy in 1952 at 73 years old.
Adele Olschki Finzi (Venice 6 January 1889 - Rome 14 January 1972), mother-in-law: in 1939 emigrated to Argentina with her husband Marcello Finzi. Returned with him to Italy in 1952.
Corrado (later Conrado) Finzi (Ferrara 18 August 1911 - Valle Hermoso, Cordoba, Argentina, 1 May 1986), brother-in-law of Roberto: lawyer, left for New York on 20 July 1939 with Corrado Levi. In 1940 left for Argentina and settled in Cordoba. A lawyer like his father, mainly a translator of criminal legislation, he married Spanish woman Maria Ascensión La Guardia (Logroño, Spain, 28 September 1922 - ?) on 24 April 1949. They had 4 children who all resided in Argentina: Alejandro, Leticia, Isabel, Sergio. Did not return to Italy.
Elvira Olschki Rosin (Verona 15 August 1887 - New York 11 January 1970), aunt of Leonora and Roberto Coen Pirani on their mother’s side: the widow of Salo Keins, in 1932 she married Arthur Rosin and emigrated with him to New York in 1936. Did not return to Italy.
Arthur Rosin (Berlin 6 January 1879 - New York 13 June 1972), uncle-in-law of Leonora and Roberto Coen Pirani, husband of Elvira Olschki, with two children from a previous marriage: Axel (Berlin 11 December 1907 - New York 27 March 2007) and Karen (1905-?), who emigrated to New York. They did not return to Europe.
Paul Keins (Berlin 16 August 1909 - Buenos Aires 20 January 1967), cousin, son from Elvira Olschki’s first marriage: married Trude Lebermann (Nuremberg 13 May 1937 - East Meadow, NY, 20 May 1996) on 9 May 1934 in Nuremberg, and had a daughter, Vera (Florence 22 September 1936). Went first to Madrid in 1934 where he worked as a bookdealer, then in 1936 he left Spain due to the civil war and, after a brief return to Italy, emigrated with his family to Buenos Aires. Neither he nor his family returned to Europe from Argentina.
Cesare Olschki (Venice 14 February 1890 - 23 December 1971), uncle of Leonora and Roberto: planned to go to the USA in 1939, instead sought refuge in Switzerland in 1943. Married Antonietta De Bani (Vigevano 4 December 1892 - Poppi, Arezzo, 14 August 1977), had daughter Fiammetta (Florence, 4 January 1921), married Mario Witt (nè Wittkower) in 1951. They returned to Italy.
Leonardo Olschki (Verona 15 July 1885 - Berkeley, CA, 7 December 1961), uncle of Leonora and Roberto: university professor expelled from Nazi Germany in 1933, he returned to Italy and in 1939 emigrated to the USA with his wife Kate Mosse; they did not have children. Did not return to Italy.
Margherita Olschki Rosenthal (Venice 21 February 1892 - Lugano 30 August 1979), aunt: married Erwin Rosenthal in Florence in 1912, settled in Munich, Germany, and in 1940 emigrated to Berkeley with two of their children: Felix and Bernard. She and her husband later moved to Switzerland, leaving the USA during the Cold War. Their five children, born in Munich between 1913 and 1920, all emigrated: Gabriella (Munich 22 September 1913 - Jerusalem 27 March 1975) to Palestine, Albi/Albrecht (Munich 5 October 1914 - Oxford 3 August 2004) to England, while Nicoletta (Munich 23 November 1915 - Vashon, WA, 18 August 1988), Felix (Munich 12 January 1917) and Bernard (Munich 5 May 1920) all emigrated to the USA. Neither they nor their children returned.
Erwin Rosenthal (Munich 9 April 1899 - Zurich 28 August 1981), husband of Margherita Olschki Rosenthal: emigrated with her to California, and later to Switzerland. Did not return to his birth country.
Leo Samuel Olschki (Johannisburg, Prussia, today Pisz, Poland, 2 June 1861 - Geneva 19 June 1940), grandfather of Elvira: in 1939 went first from Florence to the USA and later sought refuge in Switzerland. Did not return to Italy.
Arthur Rosin (1879-1972) and his wife Elvira Olschki Rosin (1887-1970), aunt of Leonora on her mother's side: having emigrated to New York, they sent the affadavit for Roberto, Leonora and their three children.
Birth and Education
Università di Bologna, Industrial Chemistry track
Fellow at the Politecnico
Politecnico di Milano
Kaiser Wilhelm Gesellschaft Fellow
Kaiser Wilhelm Gesellschaft
First Job as a Chemist
Artificial fertilizer company Brambilla
Job as a chemist
Chemist at Montecatini
Montecatini, Milan office and Centro studi di Novara; dismissed in 1939 following the racial laws
Emigration to the USA
Chemist at Polak’s Frutal Works (1940-46)
Reintegration into Montecatini
Rehired by the company Montecatini at the Centro studi di Novara.