Book Review: Vittoria by Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat

51fxbwhnwwlTitle: Vittoria

Author: Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat

Genre: Memoir, Historical

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Love and remorse in the midst of war

Vittoria Vitale was born to a noble Jewish family in the north of Italy at the very same year that Mussolini met his Jewish lover. With the onset of World War II, her life is carried by a swirl or atrocities, decisions, farewells and remorse that will scar her forever.

A stirring historical drama about the life of a Jewish family during WW II.

This is the story of one unforgettable woman, supporting her husband and children under impossible conditions. It is also the story of a Jewish family who feels safe from war because of its status and wealth, and wakes up to a disasters reality. More than anything, it is the story of the entire Italian Jewish community in face of the Holocaust – a story of disaster, overcoming and eventual immigration to Israel as a part of the Zionist movement.

Behind every successful man stands an insightful woman.

Daly life soaked in historical consequences, family ties and general atmosphere, aromas, sounds and tastes, based on thorough research, interviews and original historical manuscripts. A drama of loss and despair, survival and human triumph with unforgettable characters that stay with you long after the last page.

Vittoria is a remarkable historical novel about Vittoria Vitale, and the struggles one young woman’s family suffers through World War II. Born into a rich Jewish family, they at first feel safe even with the war on their doorstep – but that soon changes as they learn how truly devastating war can be.

The story focuses mostly on the Italian Jewish community ,and how they struggled throughout the war and the Holocaust. It’s also about women, their importance and strength, in particular Vittoria’s strength as she makes unconventional choices, as she goes through great lengths to survive.

The book has a lot of heart, as it’s mostly about family, and love, and how all of that can survive, even in the worst circumstances. Brought me to tears a few times.


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