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A Gift from the Enemy: Childhood Memories in Wartime Italy was presented by author Eric Lamet on December 9, 2007.
A Gift from the Enemy: Childhood Memories in Wartime Italy is a warm, sometimes humorous, sometimes sad story of a young Jewish boy and his mother in their attempt at evading the Nazis through Austria, France, and Italy. Initially, Eric Lamet tells his story from a child’s point of view, passing from boyhood and the face of catastrophe to adolescence in a shadowy foreign land.
Although the events take place during the period of the Holocaust, the book does not speak of hate or call for revenge from a young boy who lost most members of his large family and whose father is among the missing. Instead, the book expresses hope. His mother falls in love with another man and this creates havoc in the boy’s mind. He loves the new man, yet still yearns for his father.
Great narrative places the reader in the village where mother and child are interned by the Fascist government. Here they spend three years in a home without running water and are subjected to the rigors of war. The writer’s style is as original as his content, candidly recalling a dark time for European Jews.
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