Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"It Happened In Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust"

By: Elizabeth Bettina
Non-fiction 384 pp
IBSN-13: 9781595551023

The Holocaust: a monstrous time in the world’s history. Yet, the people of one country stood against the death and destruction, quietly saving Jews from slaughter. It Happened in Italy tells the stories of survivors and those who helped them. Many Italians opened their hearts and homes, putting their lives at risk, for their neighbors and refugees from other countries.

From the moment I opened this book, I was captivated by the stories Elizabeth Bettina uncovered. Her journey began with a photo of a group of people which included a Rabbi. She knew Campagna, Italy, but didn’t realize that the city was such a place of safety during WW II. My favorite story deals with Walter and his glorious return to Italy. The things that fall into place for that visit are amazing!

Ms. Bettina weaves her stories with maps and pictures. The pictures are remarkably clear, and each is labeled with who is in them, many with the place. The reader is also able to experience some of the Italian culture with the language (which is also translated).

Come, journey back to WW II and meet some of the Italian saviors and those they helped save. It is an unforgettable journey!


  1. Nice review!

    I just nominated you for the Humane Award - stop on by to pick it up.

  2. This is on my to be read list and I can not wait to be able to dig into it. Thanks for the review!

  3. You're welcome, Sheila. It was a wonderful book to read. I love your blog! =)