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The Kaufmann case



The Kaufmann case

Presentation of the book with the author Giovanni Grasso

In conversation with Professor Federico Varese

Based on a true story, the novel “Il caso Kaufmann” by Giovanni Grasso, published by Rizzoli, tells the story of a Jewish business man who was convicted to death during Nazism in Germany, accused of “racial contamination” felony. He was charged for having a romantic relationship with a young Aryan, who was the daughter of a friend of him.


Giovanni Grasso was born in Rome the 14th of October 1962. He is a Parliamentary Journalist and an essayist. Among his publications, the biographies of Oscar Luigi Scalfaro and Piersanti Mattarella, the Sturzo-Rosselli and Sturzo-Salvemini Correspondance. He is author of historical documentaries for the television, broadcasted by Rai. From 2015 he is the Counselor for Press and Communication to the President of Italian Republic.

Federico Varese is Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. I have written on the Russian mafia, Soviet criminal history, migration of mafia groups, Somali piracy, the dynamics of altruistic behaviour, and the application of Social Network Analysis to criminology. He is the author of two monographs - The Russian Mafia (OUP, 2001) and Mafias on the Move (PUP, 2011); these two books have been translated into Italian, Polish and Danish. His book Mafia Life (June 2017), is being translated into seven languages and has been optioned for TV. He also edited the four-volume collection Organised Crime (Routledge, 2010) and has published papers in journals such as The British Journal of Criminology, Law and Society Review, Archives Européenes de Sociologie, Political Studies, Cahiers du Monde Russe, Rationality & Society, European Sociological Review, and Trends in Organized Crime, among others. 
Varese contributes to The Times Literary Supplement and, in Italy, the daily La Stampa. My work has been featured in The Economist, The BBC News & World Service, ABC, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Monkeycage Blog and Freakonomics blog, among others.


Date: Friday, May 10, 2019

Time: From 7:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Entrance : Free