holocaust victim project
Updated: 3/11/2020
holocaust victim project
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  • Title Slide
  • Background Information
  • Dad
  • Older brother Lelio
  • Mom (pregnant with me)
  • Life Before 1933
  • First day of school
  • Franco Cesana Gabbie Donovan
  • Life From 1933-1939
  • My teacher
  • My name is Franco Cesana. I was born in 1931 to a Jewish family living in Balongna, Italy.
  • Life From 1940-1944
  • When i was born, there had already been a fascist leader ruling Italy named Benito Mussolini. Although he was fascist, the Jews in Balogna lived safely for the time being. I went to public school when I was old enough, and my family was part of regular Italian society.
  • Victim's Fate
  • In about 1938, i was expelled from school because of anti-Semitic laws in Italy. The other Jewish children had to form a makeshift school at our synagogue. At the time i didn't understand what was so different about me and my friends that I had to be separated from them. My father died in 1939, and the rest of our family moved to Turin.
  • Germany invaded Italy after Mussolini was overthrown. My family needed to escape, so we hid in the mountains to avoid getting caught. I couldn't imagine what my other Jewish friends were going through. I joined the Justice and Liberty partisan group when I was 12, making me Italy's youngest Partisan.
  • Life while in hiding
  • I was on a scouting mission in the mountains for my family. I Heard a noise and turned around to realize that a Nazi was staring straight at me, the barrel of his gun pointed the same way as his cold eyes. I was paralyzed with fear. I was weak, and he pulled the trigger. My body was returned to my family on my 13th birthday.
  • My birthday
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