Child of the Ghetto: Coming of Age in Fascist Italy: A Memoir 1926-1946

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Born in the ancient Jewish Ghetto of Pitigliano, Italy, spent the first 25 years of her life there, and then moved to Florence. Came to New York in 1958, graduated from Columbia University in 1979 Magna Cum Laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa. She is the author of three other books-all cookbooks and is a well-known cooking teacher, restaurant consultant and cooking school/tour host in Italy.

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Overview

About the Author:

Born in the ancient Jewish Ghetto of Pitigliano, Italy, spent the first 25 years of her life there, and then moved to Florence. Came to New York in 1958, graduated from Columbia University in 1979 Magna Cum Laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa. She is the author of three other books-all cookbooks and is a well-known cooking teacher, restaurant consultant and cooking school/tour host in Italy.

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Editorial Reviews

David Cameron Fischer
What a woman and what a book! We must all read about the small Italian Jewish community's spirit and ingenuity to survive.
AJL Newsletter
Edith Schapiro
So much emotional and physical stress was endured in just a short span of time, it has taken Servi Machlin years to put it in perspective. But this she has now done-magnificently.
Jewish Star
Sanford Pinsker
...all of us, Jew and non-Jew alike-are better off for her painfully eloquent book.
Hadassah Magazine
George Cohen
Machlin was one of seven members of a family of Italian Jews in Pitigliano, a small town in Tuscany, all of whom survived the Holocaust. She describes her memoir as "the story of one little girl as she wrestles with the difficult transition from childhood through adolescence into maturity in the midst of a Christian environment that is at times friendly, more often hostile, always alien." Three family members (the author's parents and one brother) were taken to an Italian concentration camp; the four others went into hiding in the Tuscan countryside from the autumn of 1943 to the summer of 1944. Machlin tells of moving from farm to farm during the night in search of food and shelter, and hiding during the day. Their main enemies were cold and wild animals, and as time went on, the number of farmers willing to shelter them dwindled. Their ordeal ended in June_ 1944, when American troops overran the Germans. This is a story of pain and humiliation, but also one of courage and resilience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878857088
  • Publisher: Giro Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue
Part 1 -- Early Childhood
Chapter One -- Self and Siblings
Chapter Two -- My Parents
Part 2 -- Assimilation and Anti-Semitism
Chapter Three -- Before the Racial Laws
Chapter Four -- Early Effects of the Racial Laws
Part 3 --Ambiguous Warnings
Chapter Five -- The Doldrums
Chapter Six -- Menacing Clouds Gather
Part 4 -- Storm
Chapter Seven -- Illusions Shattered
Chapter Eight -- Adapting to a New Life
Part 5 -- Riding Out the Storm
Chapter Nine -- Acting and Action
Chapter Ten -- Encounters
Chapter Eleven -- Enhanced Danger
Part 6 -- The Storm Breaks
Chapter Twelve -- The Front Moves Up
Chapter Thirteen -- Return
Epilogue
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