Category Archives: World War II in Italy

Farewell Lucia Boetto Testori

One of the last surviving participants in the Italian Resistance died today. Lucia Boetto was born in 1920 near Cuneo. During the Resistance, together with her future husband Renato Testori, Lucia was the official liaison between the Piedmont CLN (Comitato … Continue reading

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‘Tanto Sono Donna’ Part II: Misquotation and the Power of Media Manipulation

I spent the better part of yesterday reading about and observing reactions to Alice Sabatini’s gaffe during the Miss Italia pageant, in which the contestant purportedly said the following: “Vorrei essere nata nel 1942, per vivere la Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Sui … Continue reading

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‘Tanto Sono Donna’: A Look at the Miss Italia Mess

Yesterday an 18-year-old woman named Alice Sabatini was crowned Miss Italia in the national beauty pageant that’s been running in Italy since 1939, and whose past participants include Sofia Loren (a finalist in 1950, at age 14). During the show, … Continue reading

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Borgo San Lorenzo: A Wartime Snapshot

Borgo San Lorenzo was liberated on September 11, 1944. Days later, Allies would break through the Gothic Line in a series of crucial battles fought in the mountains to the north. This photograph shows locals returning to Borgo with their belongings after … Continue reading

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Ventotene: Another Perspective

I’ve had Ventotene on my mind these days, having posted a piece on my other blog last week about a fantastic restaurant on the tiny island. Today, however, another aspect of Ventotene is occupying my thoughts. While visiting this past September, I … Continue reading

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Farewell Bianca Guidetti Serra

Bianca Guidetti Serra, a partisan in the Susa Valley area during the war, died yesterday at her home in Turin.  Her role in the Resistance included courier work and printing and distributing anti-Fascist posters and materials. As soon as the war ended, … Continue reading

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Remembering Grezzano, 1943-1944

Edoardo Braschi’s Lavoravo alla Todt: La Costruzione della Linea Gotica nel Mugello (‘I worked for Todt: The Construction of the Gothic Line in the Mugello’) outlines the history of the Todt organization, the German military engineering group sometimes referred to as the construction … Continue reading

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