Resources for Anna

To continue your study of this topic and to help with your research, use the following additional sources. Books preceded by an asterisk are recommended for middle and high school students.


  • The Battle for Rome: The Germans, the Allies, the Partisans and the Pope, September 1943-June 1944
    Katz, Robert, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.
    Presents the complicated history of Rome during the battle over it between the Germans and the Allies.
  • *The Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Teens who Hid from the Nazis
    Kustanowitz, Esther, New York, 1999.
    Short biographies of young individuals hiding during the Holocaust.
  • Hiding in the Open
    Neumark, Zenon, London and Portland, OR, 2006.
    Memoir of a Jewish teenage boy who passed as an Aryan.
  • *Hiding to Survive: Stories of Jewish Children Rescued from the Holocaust
    Rosenberg, Maxine B., New York, 1994.
    Stories of 14 Jewish children hidden with non-Jewish families during the Holocaust.
  • Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families Under Fascism
    Stille, Alexander, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991.
    Documents the experiences of five Jewish families in Italy under fascism and during the Holocaust.
  • Hiding in the Open
    Zimering, Sabina S., St. Cloud, MN, 2001.
    Memoir of a Jewish girl who, posing as a Catholic Pole with her sister, hid in Germany.
  • The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue and Survival
    Zuccotti, Susan, New York: Basic Books, 1987.
    Examines the experiences of Italian Jews during the Holocaust and explores why 85% of Italy’s Jews survived the war.



  • Garden of the Finzi-Continis
    94 minutes, 1970
    The story of the Finzi-Contini family, a prominent Jewish family in Ferrera, Italy. The film plays out amidst of the tumultuous politics of the late 1930s. Italian, with English subtitles.
  • The Truce
    117 minutes, 1998
    Based on Primo Levi’s autobiography, Reawakening, this movie explores the real-life stories of Italian Jews returning home from Auschwitz.