Thursday, 26 January 2017

Mussolini, Trieste and the Jews




My mother heard this speech from Piazza Unità in Trieste by Mussolini on 19th October, 1938 when he first announced the Race Laws. It was broadcast live on the radio and they were in Palermo, of course. It was the day her life changed for ever. I believe that he mentioned in his speech the New York Schiffs and my grandmother pulled a face at the suggestion that the Schiffs were millionaires. Well actually he wasn't far wrong: Nonno's cousins in London had indeed been millionaires, even if my grandfather wasn't.

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