A Child al Confino: The True Story of a Jewish Boy and His Mother in Mussolini's Italy Hardcover – Dec 14 2010
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About the Author
Eric Lamet - nee Erich Lifshutz - was born in Vienna in 1930. The son of Polish Jews, he fled to Italy with his family after the Germans invaded Austria. After World War II ended, Lamet settled in Naples, where he finished high school and attended the University of Naples. In 1950 the family moved to the United States, and Lamet went to the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia. Fluent in German, Italian, English, Spanish, and Yiddish, Lamet served as an interpreter for the U.S. State Department, taught Italian for several years, and became a successful businessman. After retiring as CEO of his own firm in 1992, he returned to his great love: singing opera and Neapolitan songs. Lamet has three children, two stepchildren, and seven granddaughters. He lives with his wife in Florida.
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I literally have no put my kindle down in days. This book tells the story from a young boys perspective, where he doesn't quite understand what is going on. The story unravels into an amazing, but obviously difficult, lifetime.
I have enjoyed this book so much, I will buy it hardcover to pass along to friends. You won't regret buying thisb ook.
The Lifsch'tzes, an affluent family, owned a hotel in Vienna. Life was filled with all the accoutrements of a privileged lifestyle. Fleeing from the enemy, Lamet describes how one day he turned from a pampered child into one on the run.
We feel "Mutti's" (his mother) courage and determination to keep her only child alive. The reader lives along with Enrico as he shares details of his lost childhood. We come to understand how he learned German, Italian, Spanish, Yiddish and English. Survival. We wish for a happily-ever-after, but we know it can't happen. Sanity intact and free at last, the gift of remaining alive is bittersweet.
I had the good fortune of meeting the author, Eric Lamet, a number of years ago. He's an upbeat and kindly gentleman who, in light of a lost childhood, could easily have been an embittered, angry human being.
His story is unique. If you have read many books about the Holocaust, you may question why you should read yet another one. The answer is, his is the only book ever written about Jews being in the internment camps of Italy. That alone, makes it a significant complement to our knowledge about World War II and a compelling read. Although the circumstances are tragic and sad, Lamet's ability to view life with humor separate his writing from thousands of others. Lamet shares that his mother was frequently asked how they managed to survive. "It was our sense of humor," she would reply.
The author explains that he wrote this book for his children; that they will better understand events that molded him into the man he became. In simple fashion, the author tells us how he survived Hitler's takeover and occupation of Europe. The twist is that he re-lives it for us through the eyes of the child that he was at that time. Surprisingly, Lamet writes without hate nor, wanting revenge.
Whether you view this book as history or human interest, it is a 'must-read'.
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