Conference asks how Italian Jews survived

Other topics include "What Happened in Italy during the Holocaust, the Italian Resistance," by National Italian American Foundation education director Maria Lombardo; "Christian-Jewish Relations in Italy: a Historical Perspective," by historian Andrew Canepa; "The Assisi Underground," by writer Maria Gloria; and "Moral Lessons Derived from the Holocaust," by Ernest Weiner of the American Jewish Committee and Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce of San Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El.

Holocaust survivors Ginetta Sagan and Zdenka Levy will describe how they and their families were among the 57,000 Jews rescued by Italians.

Sagan is co-founder of Amnesty International in the Bay Area. Italian nuns near Milan nursed her back to health after Mussolini's secret police tortured her for 14 months.

Levy was born in Croatia where she also was persecuted before she moved with her family to Italy and finally the United States.

Also participating in the conference are Guilio Prigioni, consul general of Italy; Esther Prigioni, chair of Shalom Italia; and Jeffery M. Capaccio, president of Amici dell'Italia Foundation.

The conference will also present the San Francisco premier of the documentary, "A Debt of Honor" featuring accounts of Italian rescues and narrated by Alan Alda.

Co-sponsors include the Nation-al Italian American Foundation, Shalom Italia, Amici dell'Italia Foundation, American Jewish Committee; the Holocaust Center of Northern California, the Con-sulate General of Italy and the Italian Catholic Federation.

The conference is one of 13 Holocaust conferences organized by the NIAF under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Passover dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. at Square One Restaurant, Pacific and Front Streets, S.F. For reservations, call (415) 788-1110. For information on the conference, call AJCommittee at (415) 777-3820.