A diary of war years in Italy as lived by an Italian Jewess and her husband -- for which Dorothy Canfield Fisher claims an ""agonizingly personal reality"", but which some readers will find distasteful in its womanly emotionalism. The record opens as her son leaves for America and safety in 1938, as her husband meets open discrimination when, as a scientist, he is barred from his profession. They go to Paris until the outbreak of war; come back to Italy to face destruction of their home, hatred, fear of arrest culminating in the reign of terror and wholesale killing. Finally, the liberation of Rome, of Florence after street to street fighting, and the new regime under Allied occupation which brought inflation, hunger, disease and immorality. Recapitulation which is largely personal, frequently distastefully intimate.