Author: Frediano Sessi
Publisher: Marsilio Editori
Norma Cossetto venne gettata ancora viva nella foiba di Villa Surani (in località Antignana) nella notte tra il 4 e il 5 ottobre del 1943. A quell’epoca, aveva ventitré anni ed era iscritta al quarto anno del corso di laurea in lettere e filosofia, presso l’Università degli studi di Padova. I suoi assassini, partigiani di Tito, che dopo il crollo del regime fascista tentano di prendere il potere in Istria per annetterla alla Jugoslavia, non hanno alcuna pietà della sua giovinezza e innocenza e, prima di ucciderla, la violentano brutalmente. L’assassinio di Norma Cossetto e di tutti quegli uomini e quelle donne che furono infoibati o che morirono in altro modo (a causa delle torture subite, nei campi di deportazione, annegati in mare ecc.) per mano delle truppe titoiste mostra, tra l’altro, verso quale orizzonte ci si dirige “quando si ritiene che la verità della vita è lotta, e che non tutti gli esseri umani sono provvisti della medesima dignità”. E quanto è accaduto in Istria nel corso della Seconda guerra mondiale ci dice assai bene che nessuna comunità umana può considerarsi definitivamente al riparo da simili eccessi di violenza e terrore. Foibe rosse non è solo la narrazione del dramma di una giovane ragazza e della sua famiglia, è anche un grande affresco storico sulla tragedia delle foibe, sugli orrori del nazismo e del fascismo in terra d’occupazione, e del comunismo jugoslavo, vista dalla parte delle vittime.
The Story of Tönle
Author: Mario Rigoni Stern, John Shepley
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Mario Rigoni Stern was born in 1921 in Asiago, in the mountains of northeastern Italy. Throughout his literary career, he has remained deeply attached to the region of his birth, its peasant customs, its dialect, its seasonal cycles and shifting historical fortunes. Tonle Bintarn's story takes place in the mountains of the Veneto region, which once bordered the Austro-Hungarian Empire and where smuggling was a means of subsistence for the peasant population. Having run afoul of a patrol of revenue agents, Tonle must seek refuge beyond the frontier in Central Europe, where year after year he lives by doing odd jobs and working, among other things, as an itinerant print peddler, a horse trainer in Hungary, and a gardener in a Prague castle. But every winter he returns secretly to his home and family, until finally a pardon is granted. By now his children are grown and he has little to do but tend his sheep. Meanwhile, the times are changing, social values are disintegrating under the impact of modernization, and Europe moves ever closer to disaster. During the devastation of the First World War, the occupation and ultimate destruction of his village, and his own internment in an Austrian camp, it is Tonle's loyalty to his roots and his stubborn devotion to his task as a shepherd that persist and make him a quiet symbol of heroism and human endurance.
Author: John R. Gillis
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Memory is as central to modern politics as politics is central to modern memory. We are so accustomed to living in a forest of monuments, to having the past represented to us through museums, historic sites, and public sculpture, that we easily lose sight of the recent origins and diverse meanings of these uniquely modern phenomena. In this volume, leading historians, anthropologists, and ethnographers explore the relationship between collective memory and national identity in diverse cultures throughout history. Placing commemorations in their historical settings, the contributors disclose the contested nature of these monuments by showing how groups and individuals struggle to shape the past to their own ends. The volume is introduced by John Gillis's broad overview of the development of public memory in relation to the history of the nation-state. Other contributions address the usefulness of identity as a cross-cultural concept (Richard Handler), the connection between identity, heritage, and history (David Lowenthal), national memory in early modern England (David Cressy), commemoration in Cleveland (John Bodnar), the museum and the politics of social control in modern Iraq (Eric Davis), invented tradition and collective memory in Israel (Yael Zerubavel), black emancipation and the civil war monument (Kirk Savage), memory and naming in the Great War (Thomas Laqueur), American commemoration of World War I (Kurt Piehler), art, commerce, and the production of memory in France after World War I (Daniel Sherman), historic preservation in twentieth-century Germany (Rudy Koshar), the struggle over French identity in the early twentieth century (Herman Lebovics), and the commemoration of concentration camps in the new Germany (Claudia Koonz).
The Orbital Perspective
Author: Astronaut Ron Garan
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
For astronaut Ron Garan, living on the International Space Station was a powerful, transformative experience—one that he believes holds the key to solving our problems here on Earth. On space walks and through windows, Garan was struck by the stunning beauty of the Earth from space but sobered by knowing how much needed to be done to help this troubled planet. And yet on the International Space Station, Garan, a former fighter pilot, was working work side by side with Russians, who only a few years before were “the enemy.” If fifteen nationalities could collaborate on one of the most ambitious, technologically complicated undertakings in history, surely we can apply that kind of cooperation and innovation toward creating a better world. That spirit is what Garan calls the “orbital perspective.” Garan vividly conveys what it was like learning to work with a diverse group of people in an environment only a handful of human beings have ever known. But more importantly, he describes how he and others are working to apply the orbital perspective here at home, embracing new partnerships and processes to promote peace and combat hunger, thirst, poverty, and environmental destruction. This book is a call to action for each of us to care for the most important space station of all: planet Earth. You don't need to be an astronaut to have the orbital perspective. Garan's message of elevated empathy is an inspiration to all who seek a better world.
The Voice of Memory
Author: Primo Levi
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Over the course of more than twenty-five years, Primo Levi gave more than two hundred newspaper, journal, radio and television interviews speaking with such varied authors as Philip Roth and Germaine Greer. Marco Belpoliti and Robert Gordon have selected and translated thirty-six of the most important of these interviews for The Voice of Memory.
The Black Hole of Auschwitz brings together Levi’s writings on the Holocaust and his experiences of the concentration camp, as well as those on his own accidental status as a writer and his chosen profession of chemist. In this book Levi rails intelligently and eloquently against what he saw as the ebb of compassion and interest in the Holocaust, and the yearly assault on the veracity and moral weight of the testimonies of its survivors. For Levi, to keep writing and, through writing, to understand why the Holocaust could happen, was nothing less than a safeguard against the loss of a collective memory of the atrocities perpetrated against the Jewish people. This moving book not only reveals the care and conviction with which he wrote about the Holocaust, but also shows the range of Levi’s interests and the skill, thoughtfulness and sensitivity he brought to all his subjects. The consistency and moral force of Levi’s reflections and the clarity and intimacy of his style will make this book appeal to a wide readership, including those who have read and been moved by his masterpiece If This is a Man.
Author: Mario Rigoni Stern, Elizabeth Harris
Publisher: Autumn Hill Books
"A small community of the plateau of Asiago worn out by the Great War: rubble everywhere, poverty, unemployment. Who does not migrate in front of him [has] only a dangerous profession, that of "recovering" beat the mountain to find remnants of war for resale to wholesalers of metals for pennies. James, the protagonist of the novel, he learned the craft as a child with his father. In the silence of the mountains, learn to converse with the missing soldiers, but also to understand and decipher the secret language of plants and animals"--ibs.it web page.
The Search for Roots
Author: Primo Levi
Publisher: Allan Lane
The Search for Roots is an anthology of writing that Primo Levi considered to be essential reading. Beginning with The Book of Job, that drama of the just oppressed by injustice, these thirty pieces with introduction by Levi, reflect his profound knowledge of science and deep passion for literature, and his survival of Auschwitz, making it a collection that is both universal and poignantly autobiographical.
Beautifully illustrated, Rome Wasn't Drawn in a Day is filled with templates for exquisite scenes and intricate and sophisticated patterns. A perfect gift from your journey in the Eternal City or a souvenir to keep with you a wonderful memory. Perfect for adult and also for children, grab your copy of Rome Wasn't Drawn in a Day and get to the heart of Rome and begin your journey now!
History of Yugoslavia
Author: Vladimir Dedijer
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Discusses medieval economic thought, centering on the belief that usury was immoral and unnatural
Diet and Diet Reform Gandhiji's interest in food arises partly from his concern for those around him. When he took to public life he had a group of followers and their children living with him. He held himself responsible for their well-being. Naturally, therefore, when any of them fell ill he had to see what could be done to restore them to health. He did not wish to use drugs if he could help it, as he believed they were injurious to the human system. He was convinced that disease was due to some maladjustment in the system, and that all that was necessary to overcome it was to help nature to rectify the wrong. A fruitful way to aiding nature to do this and maintaining he body in health, he believed, was through proper diet. He therefore became involved in research on Diet.