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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (Dec 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440509972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440509971
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,760,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b166b4) out of 5 stars A Child al Confino Jan. 25 2011
By Carol Olsen - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished reading A Child al Confino. It is a remarkable story of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of separation, hunger, death, and suspended terror. A Child al Confino provides a precocious child's perspective on the Holocaust and on anti-Semitism in Mussolini's Italy. Author, Eric Kimet, writes with direct experience and vivid detail about the events in Ospedaletto, a tiny backward village in Italy where he and his mom lived under the radar of Nazi Germany. In the style of a novelist, Eric introduces the reader to a cast of colorful characters who form community and forge ties closer than blood. Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of life in exile, where goodwill and animosity are juxtaposed with humor. Lamet's account invites the reader into his very personal journey with old-world hospitality, just as his mother graciously turned scarce scraps into meals for fellow refugees. His story reveals our common humanity, highlights our best, exposes our dark shadow selves, and raises questions of fate and providence. As young Eric playfully marches alongside Mussolini's troops or accepts chocolate and favors from a young Nazi soldier, we see in the face of the enemy our own image.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b164c8) out of 5 stars Inspiring Story, Especially for free Jan. 30 2011
By A. Crance - Published on Amazon.com
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I just bought an Amazon kindle, and didn't feel like spending MORE money on books. Browsing through the free e-books (however, they were free for a limited time) I found this.

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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b163a8) out of 5 stars Heart Gripping Account from the Start Jan. 31 2011
By Patti Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives a us a new view of what Jews went through during the Holocaust in different parts of Europe not yet told of. You will identify with the questions little Eric must have had from the beginning. Mr. Lamet has shared from his heart, as Anne Frank and Corey Ten Boom have. THANK YOU!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b16618) out of 5 stars A Child's Story of Surviving the Holocaust Feb. 11 2011
By Sharon Beverly - Published on Amazon.com
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Erich Lifsch'tz, born May 27th, 1930, son of Markus Lifsch'tz and Carlotte Szyfra Brandwein endured 67 months---more than 2000 days---much of his childhood---running, hiding, trying to stay alive. From Vienna to Milan, Paris, Nice, to San Remo and Ospedaletto, we follow "Enrico" and his resourceful, loving and protective mother as they try not to become part of Hitler's hell.
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'.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7975e70) out of 5 stars Very Inspiring Book Feb. 1 2011
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finish this book and it was very hard to put down. The story line is about how the human spirtit will over come all obstacles. I was very please with the characters. I felt the story was told very well. I am looking forward to see more work form this author. He did a great job and should be proud of the book and the ability to tell his story.