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It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaustby Elizabeth Bettina
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Imagine Elizabeth Bettina's Surprise when she discovered that her grandmother's village had a secret: over a half century ago, many of Campagna's residents defied the Nazis and risked their lives to shelter and save hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust. What followed her discovery became an adventure as she uncovered fascinating untold stories of Jews in Italy during World War II and the many Italians who risked everything to save them. Book jacket.
One woman's discovery-and the incredible, unexpected journey it takes her on-of how her grandparent's small village of Campagna, Italy, helped save Jews during the Holocaust.
Take a journey with Elizabeth Bettina as she discovers-much to her surprise-that her grandparent's small village, nestled in the heart of southern Italy, housed an internment camp for Jews during the Holocaust, and that it was far from the only one. Follow her discovery of survivors and their stories of gratitude to Italy and its people. Explore the little known details of how members of the Catholic church assisted and helped shelter Jews in Italy during World War II.
Table of Contents
Tale of two camps — Photo-the Rabbi! — Italian Schindler — Blessings from a childhood friend — An unexpected connection — First survivor — Unexpected journey — Planning the return — Vince Marmorale : 1+1=3 — How to get to the Vatican : call Amy — Finding out about Cardinal Ruini — Arriving in Italy — Exploring Rome — Walter Wolff returns a free man — Vatican visits — An invitation from a Cardinal — Museum of memory and peace — the documentary — I am eighty-six years old thanks to Italy — Walter Wolff's funeral — Ursula, the priest, and the nuns — Herta's visit — Max — Hiding out in the open — Little girl at the pool — An unexpected detour — Ursula's gasp — More discovery — The Camp that is not a camp — Saturday night live in Campagna — Cut iron Tagliaferri — Connecting the dots — More dots connecting — Nashville : Bringing me to Campagna — The Nashville-Campagna-New York connection — The Sounds of music — Ursula's phone call — Goodbye and hello — The Postcard — Indiana Jones — Mamma mia! — The Pope call — The Pope visits New York — Visiting the Vatican Rudolfo's way — A Visit with Monsignor Caccia — Meeting the Pope — A Journey back in time — The Continuing saga becomes history — History then and now — Benevento symposium — Back to Campagna — Potenza and Tito — Fratello de Latte : the milk brother
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