Virtual ProgramTuesday, October 19

27-04 Oral, Written, and Material Narrations of Italian Captivity in WWII

Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Section


Chair: Joseph Sciorra (Queens College, City University of New York)

7:00 pm
On the African War Stage: How Music, Theater, and Hope Saved Italian POWs in Kenya
Elena Bellina (University of Rochester)

7:30 pm
Alberto Del Giudice: IMI-Italian Military Internee 1943-45
Luisa Del Giudice (Independent, Los Angeles)

8:00 pm
Captivating Italy in Wyoming: Italian Prisoners of War in the Cowboy State
Laura E. Ruberto (Berkeley City College)

From Nazi concentration camps of “Italian Military Internees” to Allied prisoner of war camps in North America and Africa, Italian soldiers experienced a range of forms of captivity during WWII. This panel considers the complexity of such narratives (oral or via material culture), before and after Italian capitulation to the Allied Forces on September 8, 1943, recounting abuse, escape, or death, as well as creativity, solidarity, and resilience. How do we make sense and appropriate use of such captivity narratives, especially in the context of contemporary politics?