Partisan Diary: A Womans Life in the Italian Resistance

Hardcover | August 13, 2014

byAda Gobetti

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Ada Gobetti's Partisan Diary is both diary and memoir. From the German entry into Turin on 10 September 1943 to the liberation of the city on 28 April 1945, Gobetti recorded an almost daily account of events, sentiments, and personalities, in a cryptic English only she could understand.Italian senator and philosopher Benedetto Croce encouraged Ada to convert her notes into a book. Published by Giulio Einaudi editore in 1956, it won the Premio Prato, an annual prize for a work inspired by the Italian Resistance (Resistenza). From a political and military point of view, the Partisan Diary provides firsthand knowledge of how the partisans in Piedmont fought, what obstacles they encountered, and who joined the struggle against the Nazis and the Fascists. The mountainous terrain and long winters of the Alpine regions (thesite of many of their battles) and the ever-present threat of reprisals by German occupiers and their fascist partners exacerbated problems of organization among the various partisan groups. So arduous was their fight, that key military events - Italy's declaration of war on Germany, the fall ofRome, and the Allied landings on D-Day - appear in the diary as remote and almost unrelated incidents. Ada Gobetti writes of the heartbreak of mothers who lost their sons or watched them leave on dangerous missions of sabotage, relating it to worries about her own son Paolo. She reflects on therelationship between anti-fascist thought of the 1920s, in particular the ideas of her husband, Piero Gobetti, and the Italian resistance movement (Resistenza) in which she and her son were participating. While the Resistenza represented a culmination of more than twenty years of anti-fascistactivity for Ada, it also helped illuminate the exceptional talents, needs, and rights of Italian women, more than one hundred thousand of whom participated.

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Ada Gobetti's Partisan Diary is both diary and memoir. From the German entry into Turin on 10 September 1943 to the liberation of the city on 28 April 1945, Gobetti recorded an almost daily account of events, sentiments, and personalities, in a cryptic English only she could understand.Italian senator and philosopher Benedetto Croce en...

Ada Gobetti was a member of Italian Resistance, (b. 1902-d. 1968). Jomarie Alano is Visiting scholar at Cornell University Institute for European Studies.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199380546

ISBN - 13:9780199380541

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PrefaceList of AcronymsMapIntroduction10-12 September 194313 September-16 November 194317-23 November 194324 November 1943-23 March 194424 March-1 April 19442 April-25 June 194426 June-4 July 19445 July-14 November 194415-27 November 194428 November-25 December 194430 December 1944-26 February 194527 February-25 April 194526-28 April 1945 5. Contributors (give full d