Fighting with the Enemy

Fighting with the Enemy : New Zealand Pows and the Italian Resistance

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In 1943 Italy surrendered to the Allies, and Germany's reaction was to punish Italy severely for this. The Italian Resistance movement was born, almost overnight. Thousands of Kiwis were in prisoner-of-war camps dotted all over Italy, desperately trying to survive until the Allies reached them. Over 450 Kiwis saw escape as their only means of survival, and the partisans and civilians of Italy, former enemies, provided a pathway to a precarious safety. Some of the unlucky ones were captured by the Germans again, tortured and killed. This is the story of a unique encounter during World War II between men and women from two very different cultures, from opposite sides of the world. It traces the stories of New Zealand prisoners of war and their experiences alongside Italian peasants and partisans, including the stories of two New Zealand priests who worked from inside the Vatican organising hiding and refuges for prisoners.
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  • Paperback | 271 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 22mm | 421.85g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • 0143018620
  • 9780143018629
  • 2,091,619

About Susan Jacobs

Susan Jacobs was born in Auckland, New Zealand. She has strong ties with Italy where she spent nine years studying Italian and teaching English in rural Umbria and Tuscany during the 1970s and 80s. Susan has a PhD in Italian from the University of Auckland, where she tutored part-time for many years. Currently she is Research Manager at the Auckland Institute of Studies of St Helens, and lives in Auckland with her partner and four daughters. This is her first book.
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