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5.0 out of 5 stars Growing up in war-torn Europe, 2 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Trapped in Tuscany - Liberated by the Buffalo Soldiers: The True World War II Story of Tullio Bruno Bertini (Paperback)
In that ominous time immediately preceding the outbreak of WWII, many people found themselves on the wrong side of the Atlantic Ocean. To return to the United States was a difficult if not impossible task for many families because of the prevailing political situation. Tullio Bertini's "Trapped in Tuscany" is a chronicle of adventures experienced by a native born Bostonian forced to live six years of his life with is parents in Facist Italy. The pre- and middle teen years are turbulent for any youngster, and Bertini introduces us to his located in the mountainous region of Tuscany (locale of the German Gothic Line). Making an adjustment to a new culture in the little town of Diecimo and its environs is at times both exciting and adventurous. Unaccustomed deprivations abound. A new language must be learned, adjustments to transportation tackled, and schooling (with Facist undertones)changed--obstacles all, which the youngster embraces with courage and humor. Despite the political turmoil, the reader vicariously experiences a youth's awakening to the early teen years in a positive mood and at the same time gains much insight into everyday life of a small Tuscan town. The book is definitely a "good read" for those of Italian heritage, and, for that matter,anyone who had relatives growing up in war-torn Europe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A legacy for future generations..., 24 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Trapped in Tuscany - Liberated by the Buffalo Soldiers: The True World War II Story of Tullio Bruno Bertini (Paperback)
I am proud of my father's effort to document his childhood experiences in northern Italy during World War II not only for my brother and me but as a legacy for all. Soon we will have a unique opportunity to embark upon a peaceful century--it is up to the younger generation to understand the lessons of the past so we do not repeat them in the future. This book describes how the war impacted my father and the other citizens of the small town of Diecimo, and reveals how a highly-decorated division of black American soldiers changed their lives. I hope you will consider reading this book. Think about ways you can take the lessons of my father's experiences and in some small way help make the world a more peaceful place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Growing up in war-torn Europe, 2 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Trapped in Tuscany - Liberated by the Buffalo Soldiers: The True World War II Story of Tullio Bruno Bertini (Paperback)
In that ominous time immediately preceding the outbreak of WWII, many people found themselves on the wrong side of the Atlantic Ocean. To return to the United States was a difficult if not impossible task for many families because of the prevailing political situation. Tullio Bertini's "Trapped in Tuscany" is a chronicle of adventures experienced by a native born Bostonian forced to live six years of his life with is parents in Facist Italy. The pre- and middle teen years are turbulent for any youngster, and Bertini introduces us to his located in the mountainous region of Tuscany (locale of the German Gothic Line). Making an adjustment to a new culture in the little town of Diecimo and its environs is at times both exciting and adventurous. Unaccustomed deprivations abound. A new language must be learned, adjustments to transportation tackled, and schooling (with Facist undertones)changed--obstacles all, which the youngster embraces with courage and humor. Despite the political turmoil, the reader vicariously experiences a youth's awakening to the early teen years in a positive mood and at the same time gains much insight into everyday life of a small Tuscan town. The book is definitely a "good read" for those of Italian heritage, and, for that matter, anyone who had relatives growing up in war-torn Europe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories Return -- I Was There., 23 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Trapped in Tuscany - Liberated by the Buffalo Soldiers: The True World War II Story of Tullio Bruno Bertini (Paperback)
Tullio Bertini's "Trapped in Tuscany" is an accurate account of life in Diecimo in the period of WWII. I was there. I met Tullio when he came to my hometown in 1939 and we have been friends ever since. His recounting of the many vignettes of life in our town are both accurate and moving. Tullio's WWII experiences brought back many memories as his experiences are very similar to mine. I recommend "Trapped in Tuscany" to all interested in Italian life and culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Having being there at the same time, reading was reliving.., 18 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Trapped in Tuscany - Liberated by the Buffalo Soldiers: The True World War II Story of Tullio Bruno Bertini (Paperback)
I grew up in the same area described by Tullio Bertini in his book.... Reading the book was like living again the vicissitudes of the war, the description of the events was the projection of my recollections... Also the customs and traditions of the Tuscan area of Lucca brought back memories of my young life... I did enjoy every line and every events... A superb description, a lesson in history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for Tullio B. Bertini in the telling his story., 10 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Trapped in Tuscany - Liberated by the Buffalo Soldiers: The True World War II Story of Tullio Bruno Bertini (Paperback)
We have been acquainted with Tullio Bruno Bertini for many years yet did not know the extent of his dramatic experiences in Italy during World War II. In his book Trapped in Tuscany, he expresses in detail not only his personal family experiences but also the devestating effects of war upon a nation. Since he was only a child during those years, many trips to his home region around Lucca surely reinforced what he recalled since many family members remained there. His story,Trapped in Tuscany,is both personal and universal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for Tullio B. Bertini in the telling his story., 10 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Trapped in Tuscany - Liberated by the Buffalo Soldiers: The True World War II Story of Tullio Bruno Bertini (Paperback)
We have been acquainted with Tullio Bruno Bertini for many years yet did not know the extent of his dramatic experiences in Italy during World War II. In his book Trapped in Tuscany, he expresses in detail not only his personal family experiences but also the devestating effects of war upon a nation. Since he was only a child during those years, many trips to his home region around Lucca surely reinforced what he recalled since many family members remained there. His story,Trapped in Tuscany,is both personal and universal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tullio Bertini brought back the reality of that time !, 10 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Trapped in Tuscany - Liberated by the Buffalo Soldiers: The True World War II Story of Tullio Bruno Bertini (Paperback)
I grew up in a town North of Diecimo at the same time Tullio Bertini was there. Reading Tullio's book brought back the details of World War II, and I found my experiences parallel to those of Tullio. I met Tullio thru an article on a newspaper concerning the "Buffalo Soldiers". Having being liberated by the same soldiers I did my utmost to be able to meet him and share with him the experience of the 40's. Tullio Bertini's book is one of my favorite gifts especially to those who want to discover the Italian life of those years. The Tuscan Region is studying the possibility of adopting the book as a reference for emigrants from the area of Lucca. Higly recommended for its human value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How interesting to learn the viewpoint a 9 year old., 17 Aug 1998
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This review is from: Trapped in Tuscany - Liberated by the Buffalo Soldiers: The True World War II Story of Tullio Bruno Bertini (Paperback)
While reading this book I noted that as the story is told the nine year old boy grew up. It is mostly about a boy who has to go along with the family. He shares with us all he learns. His time in Italy was quite different than Boston, it is clearly told in Tullio Bertini's story. Thoes of you that lived in this time period can relate to his story your own way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trapped in Italy during World War II, 30 May 1998
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This review is from: Trapped in Tuscany - Liberated by the Buffalo Soldiers: The True World War II Story of Tullio Bruno Bertini (Paperback)
Tullio Bertini's "Trapped in Tuscany" is a fascinating look at life in an Italian mountain village during World War II Nazi occupation. Bertini's story mixes the details of life in the tiny Italian village of Diecimo, with the ominous political and military events of the period. Just 9 years old, Bertini, with his mother and father, travel to Italy from Boston in 1939, but quickly find themselves trapped in Tuscany when his father suffers a heart attack and is too sick to return to the U.S Betini's subsequent account of his adventures in the little village of Diecimo covers immense, fascinating ground, from the preparation of his favorite pasta tordelli, to his family's efforts to prevent his conscription by the Nazis, and the German preparations for defense along the so-called Gothic line.
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