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Oral history interview with Elio Grandi

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.37.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0796

Cornelio Giacomo Emilio Grandi, born in Boston, MA on April 9, 1924, describes his three siblings; his maternal grandparents, who were Jewish; his family (except for his father) all moving to Italy for 18 years in 1934 because of the terrible economic conditions in the US; his experiences during wartime in Italy, where he was drafted; spending three months as a soldier until September 1943 when Mussolini surrendered to the Americans; experiencing several instances of good luck after having been taken by the Germans to be part of a work gang then an anti-aircraft unit; acting as an interpreter for the Germans; being tried for treason on a small matter by the Germans and sent to prison in Bolzano, Italy for over four years, until it was liberated; joining the US Army 88th Division as an interpreter after the war ended; working for the US State Department; returning in 1951 to Washington, DC and continuing to work for the State Department; and having had no problems during the war because of his being half-Jewish.

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Cornelio G. Grandi
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2015 March 03
2 digital files : WAV.