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Holocaust OdysseysThe Jews of Saint-Martin-Vésubie and Their Flight through France and Italy$
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Susan Zuccotti

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300122947

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300122947.001.0001

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Arrests and Narrow Escapes in Florence, November 1943

Arrests and Narrow Escapes in Florence, November 1943

Sigi Hart, Miriam Löwenwirth, and Lya Haberman

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(p.165) Chapter Seventeen Arrests and Narrow Escapes in Florence, November 1943
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Holocaust Odysseys
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Susan Zuccotti

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300122947.003.0018

On November 6, 1943, German SS agents, with the help of Fascist collaborators, raided a Jewish community's school in via Farini and a Jewish orphanage in via Bolognese, both in Florence, Italy. It was the Germans' first major anti-Jewish raid in Florence, in which they arrested large numbers of Jews, mostly from Saint-Martin-Vésubie and the province of Cuneo. More raids were launched in the next two days, but the terror was only beginning for the Jews in Florence. On November 26, German police and their Italian collaborators raided a meeting of the Refugee Assistance Committee at via dei Pucci, near the cathedral and the archbishop's palace, and arrested Don Leto Casini, Rabbi Nathan Cassuto, and four other Jews. This chapter describes the arrests of, and the narrow escapes made by, Jewish immigrants and refugees in Florence in November 1943, focusing on the experiences of Sigi Hart, Miriam Löwenwirth, and Lya Haberman.

Keywords:   arrests, Jewish immigrants, refugees, Florence, Italy, Jews, Sigi Hart, Refugee Assistance Committee, Miriam Löwenwirth, Lya Haberman

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