there are ,of course, many Italians who are called Milano, some of them are Jewish (being jewish of course not being a "nationality" doesn't prevent you from being italian or anything else....) most arenot, the reaso being the fact that the Milano came from sefardi's stock. The sefardi's jews had to flea The Iberic peninsula or convert, and had to seek refuge all over the world, some came to hospitable countries like The Netherlands, England, Germany, North-Africa, Bulgaria, Turkey, Jugoslavia, Greece (surprisingly the Ottoman empire was very lignant with the Jews). Some sefardim went to Italy too, the south of Italy gave them asylum but it was a short lived respite because after few years the south of Italy was as Jews free as Spain. In many countries some converted jews, the "conversos", went back to Judaism as soon as the threat disappeared, some went int religious hiding and practiced Judaism in secret, these are now known with the hebrew word "anousim", the forced ones. Surprisingly the Milanos who settled in the Vatican state or the Tuscany state, managed to keep their traditions and didn't assimilate, so, even these days, there are Jewish Milanos living in Italy. Let's not forget that the most celebrated Jewish Historian in Italy is Attilio Milano, an Italian Jew.
Few, very few, too few, stayed jewish, the rest , unfortunately assimilated and disappeared within the Italian people of all religions with no memory of their past. I would like to join forces with all the ones who feel this call and put together the history of this family, who knows, G-D willing one day we will succed.
Andrea (If anyone want to write me in private, please feel free to do so)
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