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Giuseppe

Author(s): Piero San Giorgio

A Survival Story

With a colorful cast of unexpectedly gentle German guards, helpful Red Army soldiers and generous American GIs, as well as avaricious looters and savage rapists, the book describes the odyssey of an Italian soldier trying to make his way home through a ravaged country. It is also a marvelous treatise on the folly of war and the consequences of becoming an outcast in a strange land. The protagonist tells us of his travails as an Italian military internee in various camps in war-time Germany. He witnesses needless cruelty while at the same time battling boredom and frustration.

He is a plain-spoken man but, in his simplicity, brings forth unpolished gems of wisdom that only a pure soul and a flamboyant mind can conjure. Having been a skilled dancer, he stumbles around in the dark after the apocalyptic fire-bombing of Dresden as this atrocity opens his eyes to the absolute horror of a war that knows no bounds.

  • Much of the history we in the English speaking world have of World War II focuses on the campaigns in Russia, Messerschmitts dogfighting with Spitfires over London, and the massive island campaigns in the Pacific between the Japanese and Americans. But one of the two founding members of the Axis Powers, Italy, receives much less attention, as its involvement does not neatly fit into the narrative of the world war, having begun operations as a fascist state in the 1920s and leaving the war early in 1943. The post-armistice period, however, was arguably the most difficult for Italy, as the civil war that broke out between the fascists, communists, and ordinary people took a tremendous toll on the social fabric of Italian families, and over 1 million men who were forcibly taken to Germany to work in their war factories. Piero San Giorgio, grandson of one of these men, joins us tonight to tell his story.
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Contents

1944

Childhood

Games

1915–1918

Christmas

Duce — Part I

Mining

Heroes

Military Service

Africa

Dinosaur

Dance

Women

Campioni del mondo!

Mamma

Duce — Part II

1940

1941

Battle

Greece

1943

Germans

September 8th

The Train

Unpronounceable

Stalag

The Camp

Registration

Confiscation

Disinfection

Marking

Roll Call

Barracks

Italians

Kapos

Traitors

Rules

Potato Chore

Kartoffeln

Arbeit

Food

Survey

Learning German

The Other Prisoners

Cigarettes

Red Cross

Choice

Coats

Winter

The First Christmas

Hygiene

God Is with Us

Misery

Cursing

Vengeance

Crime and Punishment

Arrangements

Disgust

The Factory

Factory Food

Clogs

Payroll

Fraternisation

Hans

Lions Led by Donkeys

Third Reich Victorious

Shelter

The Bomb

Writing Home

The Parcels

Propaganda

Civilian Workers

The Mirror

Not Dead Yet

The Dead

Hitler Kaputt

New Leadership

The Second Christmas

Kurt

The Last Winter

The Bombing of Dresden

The Red Cross Visit

The End

The Last Germans

The New Camp

Russians

Not Quite Free Yet

Certificate

Officers

Dresden

Victory

Basta!

Kartoffeln, Again!

Inventory

The Road

Water

Fire

Broken Shoes

Heaven

Werewolf

On the Road Again

Back to Germany

Americans

Munich

Brenner Pass

Verona

Chaos

Home

Family

Brother

No Hero’s Return

Time to Live

Afterword

Binding

Paperback

Author

Piero San Giorgio

ISBN-13

978-1-914208-06-5

ISBN-10

1914208064

Languages

English

Publication Date

2020-12-15

Publisher

Arktos Media Ltd

Number Of Pages

280

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