INSIDE ROME WITH THE GERMANS by Jane Scrivener

INSIDE ROME WITH THE GERMANS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The diary of an American -- and a Catholic religious -- which covers the period of the occupation of Rome by the Germans from September, 1943, until its liberation the following summer. The connotations of the term diary do not apply here; hers is a self-effacing, controlled record concerned with the life of the city --day by day -- in terms of others, not herself. Here was the riot, civil war, real war and anarchy which set in; the looting, private and official; the regime of restrictive measures and penalties which were inaugurated; the forced labor, Jew baiting, black market, food shortage, air raids; the patriot incidents and reprisals as violence bred violence; the long months of hopeful waiting as they followed the slow progress at Anzio and Cassino until the final offensive and liberation. In close, exact detail -- this is an authentic, amplifying account, which lacks perhaps the personal contact for popularity.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 1945
ISBN: 1406715387
Publisher: Macmillan