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The First Mention of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice in English – Pic of the Week

The first English language publication to mention the Jewish Ghetto of Venice was a travelogue that appeared in 1611 under the unlikely title Crudities. Below is an image of that edition’s title page: The central text on the page reads: “Coryats Crudities: hastily gobled up in five moneths trauells in France, Sauoy, Italy, Rhetia com[m]only called […]

Explore World War I Declarations of War from Around the World

The Law Library of Congress is excited to bring you a collection of World War I declarations of war from around the world. If you’re not familiar with our collections, you might wonder how we came to acquire these century-old foreign legal materials. The reason is that, as the United States assumed a greater role in international affairs, the Law Library of Congress […]

Law Library Program to Further Explore History of Venetian Ghetto

On Tuesday, February 21, the Law Library of Congress in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy will host a second program to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice. The first commemorative program that the Law Library hosted on May 24, 2016,  La Città degli Ebrei/The City of the Jews: Segregated Space and […]