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Let all generations remember so that it never happens again. 
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Special Event
May 1, 2009
Meet Elizabeth Bettina, Author of the New Book, It Happened In Italy: Untold Stories of how the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust

It Happened In Italy: Untold StoriesTake a journey with Elizabeth Bettina as she discovers much to her surprise, that her grandparent's small village, nestled in the heart of southern Italy, housed an internment camp for Jews during the Holocaust, and that it was far from the only one. Follow her discovery of survivors and their stories of gratitude to Italy and its people. Explore the little known details of how members of the Catholic Church assisted and helped shelter Jews in Italy during World War II.

The book also features several chapters involving Nashville survivor Eva Rosenfeld.
All the following events are free and open to the public please check the hosting organizations web sites for times, directions and further information.

May 4, 2009 11:00 am
Gordon Jewish Community Center
801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville, TN 37205

May 4, 2009 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
Landmark Booksellers
114 East Main Street, Nashville, TN 37064

May 5, 2009 2:15 PM
Belmont University,
Massey Center, Room 110
 "Convocation Series"

May 6, 2009 7:15 PM
Christ the King Catholic Church, Community Room
3001 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212
May 7, 2009 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Nashville Public Library
Downtown Branch

May 8, 2009 6:30 PM
Speaking and reception
Eastgate Conservatory
2710 Old Lebanon Rd
Donelson Plaza Shopping Center
Nashville Survivor Featured in It Happened in Italy
Eva RosenfeldEva Rosenfeld moved with her family from Germany to Genoa, Italy in 1937 to escape Nazi persecution.  Eva's mother died in 1939 of heart failure leaving her and
her father alone. 

Her father was later arrested and after being jailed and released, he escaped to France to make arrangements to bring his family out of Nazi- occupied Europe. Eva stayed behind. When her father was captured and died in a concentration camp, she was orphaned at age thirteen.

For more information about Eva Rosenfeld and other Tennessee Holocaust Survivors visit www.TennesseeHolocaustCommission.org.
The Holocaust in Italy
In 1938, the Fascist Italian regime passed anti-Semitic laws. These laws forbade marriage between Jews and non-Jews and removed Jewish teachers from the public schools. Foreign Jews living as refugees in Italy were confined in internment camps. Italy joined the war effort in 1940 as a Germany ally, with the goal of establishing a new Italian empire.

Initially, Fascist Italy was not interested in participating the the genocide of the country's Jews and between 1941-1943 many Jews were protected and managed to escape. It was not until 1943 when the Nazis Occupied Northern Italy that the Germans began to round up Italian Jews to be deported to the camps. 

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