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It Happened in Italy

A Book by Elizabeth Bettina

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Book Review: "It Happened In Italy" by Elizabeth Bettina

  • Jun 13, 2009
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Was Fascist Italy a safe haven for Jews during World War II? It turns out the answer to this question is "yes." Although not widely known, thousands of Jews survived the holocaust because of the Italian people.

Elizabeth Bettina was a lady who spent many of her childhood summers in the small town of Campagna located in South-eastern Italy. Her ancestral home, Campagna held a secret she only learned of as an adult back at home in the United States: During World War II an internment camp housing Jews was located a stone's throw from her great-grandmother's home.

She learned of the history of the Jews in Campagna though a series of fascinating coincidences which led her on a quest to learn the stories of those Jews who were spared the horror of the Holocaust because of many Italians, both ordinary people as well as government officials.

This book is the history of her quest for the true story of Jews in Italy. Interwoven within her story are the stories of those who survived this terrible time in history because of the graciousness and compassion of the Italians they came in contact with.

The book is written in a conversational style and contains many pictures and copies of documentation which makes it handy for the real history buff.

Disclaimer: I am a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program. Although Thomas Nelson Publishing provided the book at no cost to me, this review is my honest opinion of the work.
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August 08, 2009
That is an interesting book, thanks for the review! Suite Francaise offers yet another perspective on the Holocaust through the german occupation of France, you should check it out!
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It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of 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 -- Vinnie D and 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 -- Camp that is not a camp -- Saturday night live in Campagna -- Cut iron Tagliaferri -- Connecting the dots -- More dots connecting -- Nashville-Campagna-New York connection ...
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ISBN-10: 1595551026 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9781595551023 (hbk.)
Author: Elizabeth Bettina
Genre: Biography
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date Published: April 21, 2009
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