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on 22 October 2006
A beautiful heartfelt account of two years of war in my native Tuscany: 1943 and 1944, a page of history probably unknown outside Italy.
A crazy dance of events, a dance macabre, I would define it.
A daily war diary written by Marchesa Iris Origo, an English- American lady married to an Italian and living near Siena.
Marchesa Origo gives us an account of facts which happened in Val d'Orcia and were directly or indirectly related to her and her family.
Hardships and tragedies suffered by Italian civilians by the hands of a bloodthirsty German army whose only aim seemed to be the slaughter of harmeless people and a more than crazy fascist horde the "repubblichini"; all together they succeded in murdering hundreds of Italian civilians and foreign "allies" mostly Americans.
The bombing of Italian cities like Rome, Florence, Naples by the hands of allied armies trying to destroy the German headquarters. This is all told in the book.
Marchesa Origo sheltered in her "Villa" and in the adjoining farms all the Italian and foreign refugees who were able to escape the maddened German SS or the vile "repubblichini".
The courage of a woman who risked her life to protect children, women, old people and refugees of the allied armies from the fury of the enemy.
Stories told also by our parents or grandparents who happened to go through the crazy tragedy of world war II.
A beautiful read which I would recommend to everyone, in order not to forget.