Letters From Italian Jail Capture Hope, Despair of Auschwitz-bound Jewish Inmate

Newly translated letters showcase the emotions one Italian Jew experienced in a Trieste jail before being transported to Auschwitz in 1944. Seven decades on, his son still can’t read them without bursting into tears.

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In 1944, Daniel Israel managed to send 270 letters to his family hiding in Trieste from his prison cell in the northeastern Italian city. The letters, written in Italian in cramped handwriting, have been well...