Letters from Ernesto to Ernesto and viceversa

19 November 1938. The Official Journal publishes the Law Decree n. 1728 titled “Provisions for the Defence of the Italian Race”. After a few days, Ernesto Nathan Rogers, young Jewish architect and rationalist partner of BBPR starts to write “Letters to Ernesto and viceversa” that will finish in March 1939.

Forced to lose his civil rights, the architect from Trieste writes to himself 42 short but intense letters to face his loneliness among the crowd. He faces the the aftermath of the trauma caused by Racial Laws and progressively reflects upon the conditions of the individual in modern society. The letters witness Rogers’ perception of himself and offers a great inspiration to understand the role of the architect within the national and international architectural scene after the Second World War.