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Stateless: A Russian Childhood in Fascist Italy

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Written by Marita Dresner
Original in English


This reminiscence covers my childhood years in Italy during Fascism and up to emigrating in 1939. It is based on my archive of family letters and other material, and on my own memories of growing up. The full archive spans three generations and continents, from the end of the 19th century through the 20th. The correspondence consists of around 1,500 letters.

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"I found in Marita Dresner a living treasure: a woman who has lived a full and adventuresome life and preserved it with formidable memory, sense of humor, and critical insight," Alessandro Cassin.

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Stateless: A Russian Childhood in Fascist Italy currently hasn’t been written yet. Marita Dresner is working with a collection of notes, research and diary entries to create this piece. Contact us if you’re interested in sponsoring this book (donating towards its writing, production and translation), or if you’re interested in publishing opportunities for the book.
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FRIENDLY FIRE

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Written by Eugenio Czikk
Sample translated by Alessandro Cassin
2010


Eugenio Czikk’s Friendly Fire is an outstanding and deeply rewarding read. Neither simply an account of his experiences during the Shoah, nor a comprehensive autobiography, Czikk uses writing —as well as omissions— as powerful tools to evoke events and emotional entanglements which constitute the fabric of his being. At different moments in his life, confronted by tremendous adversities and uncertainties, the author reports feeling as if he were “deserting himself.” If self-desertion can ever be reversed, this book traces a pathway toward that intent. We are offering here a glimpse of the manuscript that begins with a vivid, clear-eyed evocation of the lost world where Czikk’s life began: a minuscule town in the Eastern Carpatians, an area inhabited by Jews, Ruthenians, Czechs and Hungarians, where national borders shifted like sliding doors.

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Eugenio Czikk was born in Czechoslovakia, in 1926. He enrolled at the medical school there and continued his studies in Hungary and later in Italy, without completing them. He settled and married in Italy, where he was a manager for a well-know commercial company. He is now retired and lives in Milano.

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To request the full manuscript for research and publishing queries, email us at info@primolevicenter.org and we'll put you in touch with the author. Eugenio Czikk's memoir is written in Italian and is unpublished.
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NO STAMP IN THE ITALIAN ALPS

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Written by Stella Bolaffi
Translated by Victoria Franzinetti and Colin Thorn
2010


The author chronicles her childhood, tainted by the war, the persecution of the Jews, and the struggles of the partisan resistance movement against the Nazi Fascists in northern Italy. Page after page, a cave inhabited, according to legend, by witches in the mountains of the Lanzo valleys near Turin, the city of her birth, becomes a metaphor for the subconscious nightmares of a ten-years-old girl: her mother’s early passing after a long drawn-out illness, the Racial Laws that prohibited Jewish children from attending school, and a series of hideaways and stratagems to evade capture and deportation, as she came from a well-known Jewish family. Stella Bolaffi's subtle humor also shines through when she uses transcripts from Freudian psychoanalysis sessions to chart her childhood.

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Stella Bolaffi Benuzzi was born in Turin in 1934. She is the granddaughter of Alberto Bolaffi, the pioneering Italian philatelist and founder of the Bolaffi Stamp Company, and sister of Alberto Bolaffi Jr. After graduating in Classics and Philosophy from the University of Turin, she specialized in Psychology, subsequently becoming a psycho-analyst and a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association. She is the author of several books, of which this is her first.

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To request the full manuscript for research and publishing queries, email us at info@primolevicenter.org and we'll put you in touch with the author. No Stamps in the Italian Alps was originally published in Italia by Casa Editrice Giuntina, via degli Artisti 6/i, 50132 Firenze (ISBN 978-88-8057-473-6) under the title La balma delle streghe.
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