- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: GiRo Press; 1 Ed edition (October 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1878857088
- ISBN-13: 978-1878857088
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,916,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Child of the Ghetto: Coming of Age in Fascist Italy : 1926-1946 : A Memoir Hardcover – October 1, 1995
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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. George Cohen
An engrossing read as well as an incisive look into the Italian Jewish experience in the Holocaust -- AJL Newsletter, vol XV, no. 5, 1996
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, Feb. 1996
The book is filled with charming photos and compelling stories about Jewish life in Italy -- The Detroit Jewish News, Dec 8, 1995
This is a story of pain and humiliation, but also one of courage and resilience. -- Booklist, Nov 1995
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