A Gift from the Enemy: Childhood Memories of Wartime Italy
- Publish Date: 2007-05-14
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Eric Lamet
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March 18, 1938: Five days after Hitler marches into Vienna, Eric Lamet - then age eight - and his family flee Austria for safety in Italy where they will stay for several years. In this compelling memoir, Lamet relives the time of his boyhood in an Italy torn by war and chained by Fascism. This is a recollection of rare emotional sweep. Initially, Lamet tells his story from a child's point of view, passing from boyhood and the face of catastrophe to adolescence in a shadowy foreign land. He describes the fate of foreign Jews and political prisoners in Fascist Italy as well as Jews in Greater Europe. The writer's style is as original as his content, at once candidly recalling a dark time yet imbued with humanity and wit.