The extraordinary story of four courageous women who helped form the Italian Resistance against the Nazis and the Fascists during the Second World War. In the late summer of 1943, when Italy changed sides in WWII and the Germans, now their enemies, occupied the north of the country, an Italian Resistance was born. Ada, Frida, Silvia and Bianca were four young Piedmontese women who joined the Resistance, living secretively in the mountains surrounding Turin. They were not alone. Between 1943 and 1945, as the Allies battled their way north, thousands of men and women throughout occupied Italy rose up and fought to liberate their country from the German invaders and their Fascist collaborators. What made the partisan war all the more extraordinary was the number of women in its ranks.The bloody civil war that ensued across the country pitted neighbour against neighbour, and brought out the best and worst in Italian society. The courage shown by the partisans was exemplary, and eventually bound them together as a coherent fighting force. And the women's contribution was invaluable--they fought, carried messages and weapons, provided safe houses, laid mines and took prisoners. Ada's house deep in the mountains became a meeting place and refuge for many of them. The death rattle of Mussolini's two decades of Fascist rule--with its corruption, greed and anti-Semitism--was unrelentingly violent and brutal, but for the partisan women it was also a time of camaraderie and equality, pride and optimism. They would prove, to themselves and to the world, what resolve, tenacity and above all exceptional courage could achieve.
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A House in the Mountains Review
- January 1, 1970Sharon GallupThis book was another win on the Goodreads giveaway. I am not a usual history buff but i found this book so interesting. While reading this book it made me so grateful to having been born at the end of the war. Thousands and upon thousands of men,women and children were killed by the Germans. The Jewish people weren't the only ones sent to camps and destroyed but Hitler appears to have even went after the destroying Italy. It was in 1943 when the Italians thought they would be treated better by This book was another win on the Goodreads giveaway. I am not a usual history buff but i found this book so interesting. While reading this book it made me so grateful to having been born at the end of the war. Thousands and upon thousands of men,women and children were killed by the Germans. The Jewish people weren't the only ones sent to camps and destroyed but Hitler appears to have even went after the destroying Italy. It was in 1943 when the Italians thought they would be treated better by the Allies but the Allies didn't treat them much better. it was then that four Italian women and other women joined the Italian Resistance and moved up into the mountains. this book tells their story and theirs and others became a fighting force. what i learned also was that before the war women in Italy were not given the rights of men and were ordered by the Pope to obey and follow their men. During the war women fought as hard as men and gave their hopes and dreams up to fight the Germans and Hitler. After the war the women were again knocked down to lose their rights again and again the Pope gave orders that woman again were not able to inherit the rights as the men. This has been a struggle all over the world in the past and is still 74 years later.more
- January 1, 1970Janet Susan ReynoldsVery interesting and well researched book. It is based on the experiences of four female friends who were active in the resistance in and around Turin. The book has a detailed narrative of events in that area from Mussolini's fall in 1943 to the post war period. The book ends sadly. Some familiar writers who were based in Turin, Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg, Oriana Fallaci, are mentioned.more
- January 1, 1970Donna MayI have found this book to be intriguing and insightful. I am impressed at how courageous these women were.
- January 1, 1970Doris RainesNICE BOOK.
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