Comment: Mary Doria Russell's A Thread of Grace novelizes the extraordinary and little known history of Northern Italy during the last two years of World War II, during which time Italian citizens saved the lives of more than 43,000 Jews. Up until September 1943, the northwest part of Italy had been relatively untouched by WWII, and even the South of France (occupied by the Italians) was a relative safe haven for Jews. Things changed dramatically when Mussolini and the Fascists were overthrown in July 1943, and in early September the new Italian government signed a peace treaty with the...
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