Isacco Levi, who turned 87 in July, a distant relative of Primo Levi who fought as a wartime anti-Nazi partisan, is the sole survivor of a family of thirteen from Saluzzo in northwest Italy; the rest were murdered in Auschwitz. In 2005, a Berlin war claims conference bizarrely denied Levi any compensation for this loss because he was a member of the Italian Resistance.
As Levi continues to protest this decision, (his story is told in 2005’s “The Levis of Spielberg Street: Isacco Levi Between Fascism and Nazism” by Alessio Ghisolfi from Clavilux Edizioni), other Italian Jewish partisans are being heeded, at least within Italy. “Voices of the Italian Jewish Resistance” edited by Alessandra Chiappano appeared earlier this year from Casa editrice Le Château. Chiappano, author of last year’s “Luciana Nissim Momigliano: a Life” from La casa editrice La Giuntina, the story of an Italian partisan and Auschwitz survivor, knows heroism when she sees it.
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