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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A photograph of Daniel Israel and some of his letters, smuggled out of an Italian jail during World War II.
A photograph of Daniel Israel and some of his letters, smuggled out of an Italian jail during World War II.Credit: Rona Seltzer

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