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and Giulia Ricci
22x23 cm, hard-bound,
more than 120 color illustrations
The book tells the story of the colony for Jewish children created in Izieu – a small French village halfway between Chambéry and Lyon – showing that at the same time that Italian and German occupants in France were carrying out the deportations to extermination camps, there were many people and organizations coming to the rescue of persecuted Jews through exceptional solidarity.
he story of Izieu is similar to that of Villa Emma in the Italian town of Nonantola, but it unfortunately ended tragically. On 6 April 1944, Gestapo and Wehrmacht, under the command of Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, burst into the colony. Forty-four children aged 4 to 17 years and seven teachers were arrested and deported. Forty-two children and five adults were murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau.