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Event at IIC – NY on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the book Lost Bread, written by Edith Bruck and translated by Gabriella Romani and David Yanoff will be presented at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.

(January 25, 2024 | 6PM Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue, NYC)

Romani, a Professor of Italian at Seton Hall University, will engage in a conversation with Fabio Finotti, the director of ICI – NY.

Lost Bread is a compelling narrative drawn from the remarkable events of the author’s own life. Edith Bruck, a renowned author and Holocaust survivor, tells the story of Ditke, a young Jewish girl who lived in Hungary during World War II.

In 1944, Ditke, a twelve-year-old girl, her parents, and her siblings were forced out of their home by the Nazis and sent to a series of concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Dachau. Despite the odds, Ditke miraculously survived the war along with one of her sisters, but tragically lost her parents and a brother.

After the war, Ditke embarked on a tortuous journey — first returning to Hungary, where she felt she didn’t belong, and then moving to Israel. She held various jobs before leaving with a dance troupe to tour Turkey, Switzerland, and Italy. It was in Italy where she finally found a home and a small measure of peace. There, she also fell in love and got married.

Writing as herself, Edith Bruck closes Lost Bread by addressing a letter to G d expressing her rejection of hatred, her love for life, and her hope never to lose her memory or ability to continue speaking for those who perished in the Nazi concentration camps.

After the book’s publication in Italy, Pope Francis visited Bruck and thanked her for bearing witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust.

The Italian original, Il pane perduto (2021), won the Strega Prize, the most prestigious Italian literary award in 2021.

Edith Bruck (born 3 May 1931) is a Hungarian-born writer, director and Holocaust survivor. She has lived most of her life in Italy and writes in Italian. The daughter of poor Jewish parents, she was born Edit Steinschreiber in the village of Tiszabercel near the Ukrainian border.

In 1944, with her parents, two brothers and a sister, she was sent to Auschwitz, where her mother died. The family was transferred to Dachau where her father died, then to Christianstadt and finally Bergen-Belsen, where the remaining children were liberated by the Allies in 1945.

In November 2023 the writer declared to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: “Certain leftists have been blind for too many years. I have to thank Meloni and Salvini for how they defend Israel“. (Sergio Scialabba)

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