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.
This review book was sent to me by Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers. I was delighted to receive this book that is beautiful both inside and out. I have read several books about the Holocaust and was please to have the opportunity to read this one. The book, as in the description, is filled with Elizabeth’s own journeys as she meets Walter Wolff, a Holocaust survivor who holds an incredible truth of how he and many other Jewish people were saved from the horrors thanks to the people of Italy.
Walter is only the beginning, as Elizabeth unfolds this well written story she meets others who were also part of this group. Her amazing spirit and never give up attitude keep this book flowing at a great pace. I found myself anxious to see what was on each page as Elizabeth has filled it with documents of her research as well as many pictures of the time of the Holocaust.
I could envision Elizabeth’s comparison of Campagna to the area the Von Trap’s traveled when escaping in the Sound of Music. Reading this gave me a whole new understanding to this movie and I may need to rent it again for this reason.
This is a book that stays with you long after the final page is read. Elizabeth Bettina has captured an amazing piece of history that I for one, will hold onto deep within my heart.