by Lisa Palmieri-Billig (JTA)

Mazel Tov

Italian Jew Wins Nobel Prize

Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, who shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology with American biochemist Stanley Cohen, comes from a family of Italian Jewish intellectuals in Turin. Now, at 77, this small, elegant, bright-eyed woman recalls first hearing the expression “freethinker” from her father, Prof. Giussepe Levi, at the age of three.

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