For This I Lived: My life at Auschwitz-Birkenau and other exiles

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Sapienza Università Editrice, 27 gen 2022 - 160 pagine
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Like so many Holocaust survivors, Sami Modiano remained silent for many years, not talking about his life, his experiences and his long journey through the twentieth century. How could he speak about such deep pain? The loss of his entire family, and his Jewish community of Rhodes wiped from the face of the earth? With the enactment of racial laws he is suddenly considered different; he wakes up as a child like many others and goes to sleep as a Jew. From that moment nothing will be the same as before. Sami is sent to Auschwitz Birkenau where he loses all his loved ones. Alone in the world, he is subjected to but does not learn to practice the language of hatred and violence. He survives and builds a new life with his wife Selma; they are an extraordinary couple united by their love for life. Several decades later, Sami’s voice becomes a precious, unique testimony inspired by a question the author kept inside for a long time, a question that runs through the pages of his book: “Why did I come back alive? Why me?”

This book that has been published in Italian in various editions and reprints since 2013, now available in English, offers an extraordinary testimony to a vast international audience. A story of pain and destruction, but also a sign of hope for one who has managed to tell his story and turn his words into seeds of peace and solidarity thereby creating a path of knowledge and culture.


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Sami Modiano, born on Rhodes in 1930, is one of the last survivors of Auschwitz. For several years he has been speaking about his experiences to students in schools and universities throughout Europe, accompanying many on school trips to Auschwitz and participating in documentaries on the Holocaust. He has been active in the synagogue of Rhodes in an effort to keep the history and memories of his childhood community alive.

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