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It Happened In Italy
May 6, 2009, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Non-Fiction Review, Thomas Nelson Reviews

It Happened In Italy

Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust

By Elizabeth Bettina

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.

My Review

I’ve read a few Non-fiction books on WWII, not a lot, but enough to know that they can get wordy and a little uninteresting. Elizabeth Bettina breaks that cycle with It Happened In Italy. Bettina writes a story that is engaging as it is amazing. My attention was completely wrapped up in the stories of the people she met. There are tons of pictures within the book to make the past come alive for the reader. 

Very few people have heard of this significant part of history, and this is a story that needs to be told. I was super excited to learn for myself that Italy was a refuge for Jews. The author manages to show the contrast between Italy’s compassion and most of Europe’s cruel treatment of the Jewish people.

If you are a homschooling parent, I would recommend this book for your highschooler. It’s a great secondary resource for WWII education and is a quick, attention grabbing read. Also recommended for anyone who would love to read of how a little goodness triumphed over extreme evil.


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I would like to read this one. 🙂 Can you add it to my stack?? Thanks!

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