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This Has Happened: An Italian Family in Auschwitz (edition 2009)

by Piera Sonnino, Ann Goldstein (Translator)

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Title:This Has Happened: An Italian Family in Auschwitz
Authors:Piera Sonnino
Other authors:Ann Goldstein (Translator)
Info:Palgrave Macmillan (2009), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 224 pages
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Absolutely heartbreaking on many levels.
The story of the Sonnoni family is tragic and not only because of their treatment in Auschwitz and other camps. This family was unprepared in so many ways, so disconnected from what was happening in the world around them, that they missed many opportunities to maybe, just maybe, suffer less heartbreak and death.
Ultimately, the Sonnoni's were betrayed for money. This led to their demise. Yet, as said by Giacomo Papi, a journalist who wrote the epilogue in the book, "...those characteristics of modesty, dignity and shame that kept her family from putting up even the most tenuous resistance....can be transformed into resignation, into silence and immobility". This is the saddest and biggest heartbreak of this story: that things could, just maybe, even possibly, have turned out differently.
So many things were left out: how did Anna survive? Why did the sisters enter their home, knowing the family was arrested? Why did the family not run to Switzerland? Why....oh, so many things throughout this book.
The Sonnini's suffered as no family should suffer and their story needed to be told. ( )
  PetraBC | Nov 25, 2014 |
A touching story that was left to her family, but should be read by everyone. It is amazing that she lived to tell the story. I have read many Holocaust stories, but this one was written in a way that was easy to relate to. Reading her story was much like having a conversation with a trusted friend. I found it fascinating that she was able to find the pictures of her family. This is a story that needs to be heard and belongings with all the other great Holocaust writings. ( )
  TFS93 | Dec 12, 2012 |
Italian-Jewish family’s horrible and tragic experience under Hitler; what’s also shown is a certain stubbornness in Italians in general – one that is inherent in second and third generation Italian-Americans today; text (translation) contains a lot of commas ( )
  rosies | Jun 6, 2012 |
The testimonial of an Italian woman who survived the Nazi concentration camps.
  BHEC | Apr 27, 2012 |
This is a slim memoir, enhanced by a forward and epilogue written by scholars which explain the historical context. The author, Piera Sonnino, wrote it for the benefit of her daughters and never intended it for publication. One of her children had it translated and published years after her death.

It is a fairly typical Holocaust memoir, distinguished mainly by three things: the Italian family that is the subject (not many stories about Italian Holocaust victims out there), the author's dignified, refined genteel tone, and the fact that, unlike in many such books, a lot of information is provided as to what happened to Piera after liberation. I would recommend as a solid addition to Holocaust collections. ( )
  meggyweg | Mar 6, 2009 |
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