By Marta Ascoli
Trieste, 1944. Marta ha diciassette anni, “un’età in cui tutto ci accontentava e ci faceva sorridere”. Quei sorrisi vengono strappati brutalmente los angeles sera del 29 marzo, quando due SS fanno irruzione in casa in keeping with prelevare los angeles famiglia Ascoli, consistent with metà ebrea. È l’inizio di un calvario senza fantastic. los angeles prima tappa è los angeles risiera di San Sabba, unico campo di concentramento nazista in Italia; poi verranno l. a. separazione dalla madre, il terribile viaggio in treno verso Auschwitz, sola donna in un convoglio di uomini according to non abbandonare il padre; quindi Birkenau, poi Bergen-Belsen, los angeles neve, i lavori forzati, l. a. denutrizione, le malattie, le torture. E quella frase che suona come una condanna a morte continuamente rinviata: «Tu da qui non uscirai che in line with il camino». Eppure Marta resta attaccata alla vita con tutte le sue forze; infine, stremata, quando come to a decision di farla finita lanciandosi contro il filo spinato, l. a. sentinella che l. a. scopre non spara. Il destino ha in serbo according to Marta il 15 aprile 1945, il giorno della liberazione consistent with mano degli inglesi e los angeles gioia immensa del ritorno a casa. Attraverso l. a. sua testimonianza, Marta Ascoli ci ricorda l. a. tragedia vissuta da una famiglia, dal popolo ebraico, dall'umanità intera: e, con l. a. forza di un grido, ci spiega che Auschwitz è di tutti, luogo-simbolo della più grande ferita aperta nella storia del Novecento.
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13 In the evening, before curfew, I pester and clamber all over Georges Nordmann, who is all patience and kindness. He is a legal counselor, distantly connected to my family, and married to an Aryan who is doing everything she can for him. 44 from a world apart Beaune-la-Rolande camp February 1943 To my little friend Francine, concerning a lost glove. Not knowing where, nor why, nor how, For she’s a dreamer as a rule, Within the camp young Francine lost A little glove of dark brown wool. The school, wash-room, in^rmary?
Friends of the Jews, thank you. It is here, amid all this misery, that I learn that I am a privileged little girl. The Geneva Convention allows the wives and children of French prisoners of war to remain in France as hostages. So, Father saves me from the unknown terror of the “great departure”; You, Father, whose nationality has not yet been taken from you, while for Mother and myself, it’s already done, we are no longer anything, just JEWS. I still don’t even understand what that means, and every day I repeat: “Why, Mother, why; tell me, Mother, explain .
Mimi, the fruit and vegetable lady, offers us the garage where she parks her cart. My dearest Naine, our exmaid, her apartment. Madame Delay, the garage-owner, her attic, where in the middle of the night we transport Father’s big horse picture and leather armchair, carried by two taxi drivers whose cars she houses. Maud Narçon, whose father is a prisoner with mine, rents a room in his name in our building, and Madame Baux, the concierge, lends us one of hers. Thus, little by little, a part of Father’s library is hidden away, as well as some furniture and a few family heirlooms.