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Oral history interview with Bruna Sevini

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0213

Bruna Sevini was born on September 22, 1923 in Trieste, Italy and describes her family and childhood; experiencing Italian fascism during her schooling; the pleasant life of the Italian Jewish community before Hitler came to power; seeing an immediate change in antisemitic attitudes in September 1938, when she had to leave school, and her father lost his job; the organization of a small school by the Trieste Jewish community; receiving a teaching diploma in 1940 and finding a job in a Jewish firm to support her family; the fall of Mussolini on July 25, 1943; leaving for Bologna, where her uncle had a business, when the king took over after Mussolini; getting a new identity card, so she would not be picked to go to a labor camp; moving to Cesara, where the Italian military police picked up her, her mother, and her grandmother and took them to a prison in a city north of Rimini; Allied bombings of Rimini, Bologna, and surrounding cities that resulted in the destruction of her prison; running to a convent, where she hid until her liberation on September 23, 1944; moving to Riccione to work at the Eighth Army headquarters; returning to Trieste with her family in November 1945 and realizing how much they had lost during the war; and working for the Allied Military Government in Trieste for a short period after the war.

Bruna Sevini
Linda G. Kuzmack
interview:  1990 October 02
Oral histories.
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2023-08-23 15:29:36
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