Thursday, May 28, 2009

It Happened In Italy review

It Happened In Italy
Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust
By Elizabeth Bettina

Book Description

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. (taken from the Thomas Nelson Website)


It Happened in Italy is a fascinating book. Bettina writes in a conversational style and as I read it felt like I was listening to her talk. I learned a TON from this book and I appreciate hearing stories of GOOD during the horrors of WW II. The writing is very descriptive and it is easy to imagine the scenes but it does feel a little dis-jointed at times. I think Bettina did an excellent job of making the history contained in the book very user-friendly- you don't have to be a history scholar to read and understand this book.



Neas Nuttiness said...

This sounds like a really interesting read!

military76brat said...

Well a trip to the book store was on my weekend agenda, and well, this book has grabbed my attention to want to bump it up to the top book I really have to find.

Thanks for the review.

Esme said...

I have this book arriving in the mail. Looks like a good choice.

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