Piazza Concordia

Thanks also to the growing business relationships between the Jewish elite and the non-Jewish bourgeoisie, Mantua recorded considerable progress in the integration between the two communities during the first half of the 19th century.
In a letter to Cesare Cantù dated 1846, don Enrico Tazzoli observed that "there was placed between the one and the other population a friendly habit and Jews entered our houses [sic] and took part in our intimate conversations".
In this atmosphere, a growing number of Mantuan Jews recognized Italy as their homeland and adopted the aspiration for unity and independence as their own.
Also in Mantua, as in many other cities, the revolution of 1848 was the occasion for expressions of brotherhood between Jews and non-Jews, and many people shared hugs in the square of the ghetto.
After the unification, Angelo Bondurri, who belonged to a family of patriots, suggested to the Municipal Council that the square should be named Concordia, and the proposal was adopted on 18 June 1867.
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