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The fate of the entire family depends on herVittoria is a noble Jewish woman living in northern Italy.With the onset of World War II, her life changes completely.When the Nazis arrive in the quiet town, the entire family is forced to flee and cross the border to Switzerland using fake identities.But not everything goes according the plan. One of her children is not allowed The fate of the entire family depends on herVittoria is a noble Jewish woman living in northern Italy.With the onset of World War II, her life changes completely.When the Nazis arrive in the quiet town, the entire family is forced to flee and cross the border to Switzerland using fake identities.But not everything goes according the plan. One of her children is not allowed to cross the border with the rest of the family and must be left behind.Now, Vittoria must make a critical decision that could scar her and the family forever.This is the story of one unforgettable woman acting under impossible conditions and the entire Italian Jewish community in the face of the Holocaust.It is a drama based on thorough research, interviews and original historical manuscripts about loss and despair, survival and human triumph. This book will stay with you long after finishing the last page. “My Name Is Vittoria” is the first book in the "World War II Brave Women" series


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The fate of the entire family depends on herVittoria is a noble Jewish woman living in northern Italy.With the onset of World War II, her life changes completely.When the Nazis arrive in the quiet town, the entire family is forced to flee and cross the border to Switzerland using fake identities.But not everything goes according the plan. One of her children is not allowed The fate of the entire family depends on herVittoria is a noble Jewish woman living in northern Italy.With the onset of World War II, her life changes completely.When the Nazis arrive in the quiet town, the entire family is forced to flee and cross the border to Switzerland using fake identities.But not everything goes according the plan. One of her children is not allowed to cross the border with the rest of the family and must be left behind.Now, Vittoria must make a critical decision that could scar her and the family forever.This is the story of one unforgettable woman acting under impossible conditions and the entire Italian Jewish community in the face of the Holocaust.It is a drama based on thorough research, interviews and original historical manuscripts about loss and despair, survival and human triumph. This book will stay with you long after finishing the last page. “My Name Is Vittoria” is the first book in the "World War II Brave Women" series

30 review for My Name Is Vittoria: A WW2 Historical Novel, Based on a True Story of a Jewish Holocaust Survivor (World War II Brave Women Fiction Book 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    My Name is Vittoria is a historical fiction by Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat. This novel is based on the true story of Dafna’s grandmother and she took her Grandmother’s story and created this book. It is so well written that I had to look it up again to make sure it was fiction. It is evident from the details Dafna includes that she did extensive research into what was going on in the world as her Grandmother grew up and raised her family. The book is fantastic. Vittoria was born in 1912 in Vercelli, My Name is Vittoria is a historical fiction by Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat. This novel is based on the true story of Dafna’s grandmother and she took her Grandmother’s story and created this book. It is so well written that I had to look it up again to make sure it was fiction. It is evident from the details Dafna includes that she did extensive research into what was going on in the world as her Grandmother grew up and raised her family. The book is fantastic. Vittoria was born in 1912 in Vercelli, Italy. She was the second of four children born to Anneta and Alfredo Vitale. Her father had a textile store where Vittoria and her older sister Celeste worked. Vittoria was close to her younger sister, Lina, and adored her younger brother, Napoleon until his death at an early age. Unlike her older sister and other girls at that time, Vittoria told her Father that she would choose her own husband and she did. She married Maurizo Vitale whose family owned a large textile company in Biella. Maurizio was happy to have his new wife work in the factory office as he knew she wanted to work. After her first child, Bruno, she attempted to stay home; but it soon became evident that she made a better mother as long as she worked. Eventually, they hired Carlota, a Catholic, to work for them and care for their growing family. Bruno was followed by Ricardo and Alldo. Without Carlota’s help, I wonder how Vittoria would have coped. Carlota became an integral part of the family as she helped keep the house in order. Later she would help them escape to Switzerland. Like many people, Maurizio didn’t believe his family would suffer under the Nazis. His younger brother Emanuelle and his wife Lina, Victoria’s sister, got papers for the entire family to move to America; but they all refused. It was a decision they would regret making. When it came time for the family to flee, they relied on Maurizo’s youngest brother Michangelo, who was in the underground by then. He arranged their path into Switzerland; but it entailed separating the family. Bruno went alone first with his Father and then with Carlota. Bruni’s trips were very hard in his as was being without his Mother. The decision for him to travel alone with his Father and later Carlota and even later to go to boarding school were decisions Vittoria would later regret making. For a ten-year-old, she felt this cost him too much and he shut part of himself off. However, these were the difficult decisions that were made during this time. This book was excellent and it turned out to be one which was read in one sitting. I just could not put it down. The emotional impact of this book as enormous. Dayna has a way of putting her grandmother in the story just at the time she was really needed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adiva Geffen

    excellent book by an excellent author

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    Great Read I was drawn to this book, because I like to read about history, strong women, and Italy. The author’s voice is very strong.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kalliste

    I enjoyed this book, and it reminded me that I will never cease to be shocked about the atrocities of war; however, the editing let it down. There are instances where the spelling of character names change throughout the book, e.g. Carlotta and Carlota, Anetta and Anneta, which makes you wonder how well it was checked before being published.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deedee Freemire

    Although an interesting story, there were grammatical errors, poorly edited sentences and broken English throughout the book. At times it hindered the storytelling flow.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dave Wheeler

    History of an inspirational Lady. There are lots of stories of Jews and the Second World War, the cruelty the suffering but this is the first time i have read one about a Jewish family from Italy. They faced a different experience but still frightening and costly, war and aftermath normally is i guess. They also were betrayed by neighbour and the like same as the lots of European Jews . However compared to much off Europe that the Nazis invaded Italy was a lot later in the war but the great loss, History of an inspirational Lady. There are lots of stories of Jews and the Second World War, the cruelty the suffering but this is the first time i have read one about a Jewish family from Italy. They faced a different experience but still frightening and costly, war and aftermath normally is i guess. They also were betrayed by neighbour and the like same as the lots of European Jews . However compared to much off Europe that the Nazis invaded Italy was a lot later in the war but the great loss, fear and cost was still painful and destructive. This is not a sad story it is a love story (not sloppy it's ok) the life of a daughter a wife and a mother, o plus sister, researched and told by a Grandchild. You will experience the highs and the fear with the decisions that have to be made, were they right or wrong i didn't feel in able to judge i wasn't there and i have never had to face what the Jews did or anyone for that matter who faced life in the late 1930's & 40's could i have faced being in the place that held so much?. The choices of life after the war i found fascinating having never considered that cost of the war where would i have gone i have no idea. I really do recommend this book it you want to learn more about the life of a Jewish family albeit a wealthy one from Italy a strong family unit this is a good place to start, i have learnt a lot and have mixed emotions as i finished this book you may also.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Rosenberg

    Kudos to Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat. She has written a beautiful story and her family must be very proud. I read many WWII books but my favorites are always written first person. The author writes as her grandmother Vittoria, a Jewish Italian woman who tells me the story of her family, growing up in Italy, falling in love and creating her own family. She tells me the most pertinent things I need to know to fall in love with her and never lose interest. Although Vittoria technically wasn't in any ca Kudos to Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat. She has written a beautiful story and her family must be very proud. I read many WWII books but my favorites are always written first person. The author writes as her grandmother Vittoria, a Jewish Italian woman who tells me the story of her family, growing up in Italy, falling in love and creating her own family. She tells me the most pertinent things I need to know to fall in love with her and never lose interest. Although Vittoria technically wasn't in any camp, she was very brave and kept her wonderful disposition throughout the escape. I did cry when Bruno was separated from the family and worried about him. I loved that this was a beginning to end story, done so very briefly, going seamlessly from event to event and how I found myself caring about each and every person. Although Ms Vitale Ben Bassat had a real story to tell, I am hoping that this will not be her only book. I believe she has a gifted way of telling a story, and I hope she has many more stories to tell.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dori

    I love this story! The author is an excellent writer, capturing the sights and sounds and RAW EMOTIONS experienced in pre-war through post-war Italy, Israel and surrounding countries. She or the translator does seem to struggle with English grammar but I understand that the author isn’t from my own native country. Everything was understandable. I feel I know Vittoria as a life-long very close friend! I’ve found a hunger to read numerous bios and historic novels lately, about people who went thro I love this story! The author is an excellent writer, capturing the sights and sounds and RAW EMOTIONS experienced in pre-war through post-war Italy, Israel and surrounding countries. She or the translator does seem to struggle with English grammar but I understand that the author isn’t from my own native country. Everything was understandable. I feel I know Vittoria as a life-long very close friend! I’ve found a hunger to read numerous bios and historic novels lately, about people who went through this era, some survivors, others heroes, all innocent victims of the crazy mind of Hitler and his minions. Hopefully not a spoiler, but this book doesn’t have details of the atrocities of the camps. That was a welcomed relief for a change. Even still, the experiences leave me heartbroken. Read this book! I highly recommend it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Talcott

    A captivating story of the author’s grandmother.. This book was difficult to put down! I was so taken with Vittoria. I found her endearing, protective, and independent of thought. Her story is written so tenderly that it truly reads more like a journal at times. I am moved by the author’s ability to place herself within her grandmother’s most trying, tragic and at times:most intimate thoughts and experiences. To do that takes maturity and care both of which are clearly evident. I recommend this b A captivating story of the author’s grandmother.. This book was difficult to put down! I was so taken with Vittoria. I found her endearing, protective, and independent of thought. Her story is written so tenderly that it truly reads more like a journal at times. I am moved by the author’s ability to place herself within her grandmother’s most trying, tragic and at times:most intimate thoughts and experiences. To do that takes maturity and care both of which are clearly evident. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in literature about the Holocaust and survival but also about enduring love and familial comfort and story telling through food.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I've read a lot of WWII non-fiction and fiction. I wasn't sure which this was, but I believe it's a true story - it's explained at the end. There are some grammatical errors and confusing parts for me, but it was translated from Hebrew and takes place in Italy. I got past that, and I really liked the narrative story and it felt like a friend telling me about her life and story. There are a lot of characters and I had a hard time keeping them straight at first - I got her whole family and then we I've read a lot of WWII non-fiction and fiction. I wasn't sure which this was, but I believe it's a true story - it's explained at the end. There are some grammatical errors and confusing parts for me, but it was translated from Hebrew and takes place in Italy. I got past that, and I really liked the narrative story and it felt like a friend telling me about her life and story. There are a lot of characters and I had a hard time keeping them straight at first - I got her whole family and then we met the husband and his family - Italians had big families in those years! It kept my interest and it was interesting to see the war from her perspective. Worth a read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elize Becker

    My Name Is Vittoria by Dafna Vitale Bassat I enjoyed from the beginning to the end. The story about a magnificent woman who experiences a life of continues challenges and struggles during World War II provides an insight into the complex events of the time. The storyline provides an amazing historical background but also explanation of the love, hurt and sadness experienced by women, in particular Jewish communities of the time. I recommend this book to any person who enjoys history and also aim My Name Is Vittoria by Dafna Vitale Bassat I enjoyed from the beginning to the end. The story about a magnificent woman who experiences a life of continues challenges and struggles during World War II provides an insight into the complex events of the time. The storyline provides an amazing historical background but also explanation of the love, hurt and sadness experienced by women, in particular Jewish communities of the time. I recommend this book to any person who enjoys history and also aim to understand the tough decisions made by women during 2nd World War. Also the tough decisions Jewish women needed to make to assist their families and ensure survival.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    In this story, Vittoria grows up wealthy in northern Italy with a nice family. She grows up and expects to live a similar life to her childhood, but living during WWII changes her life completely. She needs to survive Nazi attacks and escape to save herself and her family. The book describes how her life changed so drastically, and represents the lives of every Jewish person living during that time. I really enjoyed this book because it gave a real perspective on how Vittoria felt, and what she In this story, Vittoria grows up wealthy in northern Italy with a nice family. She grows up and expects to live a similar life to her childhood, but living during WWII changes her life completely. She needs to survive Nazi attacks and escape to save herself and her family. The book describes how her life changed so drastically, and represents the lives of every Jewish person living during that time. I really enjoyed this book because it gave a real perspective on how Vittoria felt, and what she went through. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the Holocaust, or anyone who likes historical fiction in general.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Martha White

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It was a fascinating story of family and survival. My perception of Vittoria as interpreted by her actions was inconsistent with her thoughts portrayed by her as the narrator. I pictured her as strong and resilient, but found her words self-pitying. I also struggled at the end with having found other characters in the book much more interesting than the main character. I wanted to read more a out them. If a book is written about Bruno and his jo I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It was a fascinating story of family and survival. My perception of Vittoria as interpreted by her actions was inconsistent with her thoughts portrayed by her as the narrator. I pictured her as strong and resilient, but found her words self-pitying. I also struggled at the end with having found other characters in the book much more interesting than the main character. I wanted to read more a out them. If a book is written about Bruno and his journey, or Michelangelo, or Carlota, sign me up to preorder.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Woods

    Rather boring. This story set mostly during WWII in Italy about a Jewish woman named Vittoria catalogues her life from adolescence until her death in Israel. The story of her family, marriage, children over a period in history when Jews were being hunted and sent to camps and/or killed is horrofic, but I didn't get a sense of the desperation that existed. The writing is dull and dry and reads like a newspaper article as events unfold. I became bored while reading this one, although I did finish it. Rather boring. This story set mostly during WWII in Italy about a Jewish woman named Vittoria catalogues her life from adolescence until her death in Israel. The story of her family, marriage, children over a period in history when Jews were being hunted and sent to camps and/or killed is horrofic, but I didn't get a sense of the desperation that existed. The writing is dull and dry and reads like a newspaper article as events unfold. I became bored while reading this one, although I did finish it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    A bit rough, but a good read This book started off a bit rough/slow, but picked up and told a story that needed to be written. My love for genealogy, history, and my Italian heritage drew me into it and I thought it was special that it was written by the main character's granddaughter. I also think it's important because a lot of people seem to forget the history of the Italian Jews during WWII (at least in the United States), so I liked that some of their stories were included here. A bit rough, but a good read This book started off a bit rough/slow, but picked up and told a story that needed to be written. My love for genealogy, history, and my Italian heritage drew me into it and I thought it was special that it was written by the main character's granddaughter. I also think it's important because a lot of people seem to forget the history of the Italian Jews during WWII (at least in the United States), so I liked that some of their stories were included here.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lynda S. Johnston

    Story good but needs better editing While the story line is a good read, it is obvious that this was translated from the authors language but not by an English as a first language translator. It's rough in some spots and some words are close but not good enough. Also an editor would have ( should have) given the author some advice about some areas of the story. It's an "ok" read but I've read much better. ( I read about 5 books a week and used to be an editor.) Story good but needs better editing While the story line is a good read, it is obvious that this was translated from the authors language but not by an English as a first language translator. It's rough in some spots and some words are close but not good enough. Also an editor would have ( should have) given the author some advice about some areas of the story. It's an "ok" read but I've read much better. ( I read about 5 books a week and used to be an editor.)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah B White

    A Heart-Rending Holocaust Story This book follows the life of Vittoria and her family. It relays the story of her family throughout her lifetime and the homes and refugee camps she lived in until the end of World War II when she ad her family were able to resume their lives until the decided to emigrate to Israel, the Promised Land. I am so glad that I found a Holocaust story where the majority of the characters were not sent to extermination camps.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vavia J. Rudd

    My Name is Vittorio For anyone who loves history and who has a keen desire to understand how the atrocities of WW I I could have been allowed to happen it is a very interesting reading. As a mother I could empathize with her worries and fears for her children and her forever love for her husband.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joann Herley

    My Name is Vittoria is a sad and sometimes joyful story of Vittoria's life before, during, and after the war. It emphasized her struggles with her family, mainly her worry for her children. At times it was heartbreaking. It was written somewhat like a diary. The translation to English was difficult to read. My Name is Vittoria is a sad and sometimes joyful story of Vittoria's life before, during, and after the war. It emphasized her struggles with her family, mainly her worry for her children. At times it was heartbreaking. It was written somewhat like a diary. The translation to English was difficult to read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Pachella

    HAPPINESS DEFINED I thoroughly enjoyed this story of Vittoria and her life. Family was most important to her! She also was a little ahead of her time in wanting to assert herself as somewhat independent, using her skills to assist with the family business. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Martha Pope

    Victoria, a real woman's life I gave this book an excellent rating because this story was different than many WWII stories. First, it was a beautiful, real love story. Secondly, the beauty and strength of family in the face of unimaginable difficulties came through war, peace, want, fear, hunger,loss. Victoria, a real woman's life I gave this book an excellent rating because this story was different than many WWII stories. First, it was a beautiful, real love story. Secondly, the beauty and strength of family in the face of unimaginable difficulties came through war, peace, want, fear, hunger,loss.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Lesko

    It is so unbelievably sad what people had to live through during the war, especially the Jews. They lost their homes, their families, their communities, their businesses, but not their determination to survive. Thank you to all the authors who have researched this era so they can inform us. We need to remember and honor all the innocent people who lost their lives as well as those that survived. And all the men and women who fought on their behalf.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Judy Baker

    A WW2 great read, families struggles My grandparents had a flag with three stars hanging in their window. This was to show three were in the military. I was a toddler at the time, This story is a great read about a families Struggles and hardships they faced. A true story, and a great read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Blackstone

    Wonderful family pictures in words! Enjoyed getting to know each member of this family! The pain and despair Vitoria felt when Bruno was born was a foretelling of the years of the war when she was separated from him. A great book that touched your heart on so many levels!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marian Cox

    Fascinating I truly enjoyed read this book, an I'm looking forward to the next one. Its encouraging to read about the strong women from an era long gone. I recommend reading this book. Fascinating I truly enjoyed read this book, an I'm looking forward to the next one. Its encouraging to read about the strong women from an era long gone. I recommend reading this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lady Bookworm

    Wonderful story After having read this book for the second time I can only say that it is a very important and also heartbreaking account of a wonderful woman who lived through ww2 Italy to later immigrate to Israel. To say more would give away to much. Highly recommended.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Wow! This book was so well written that I 'felt' Vittoria was talking to me about her life experiences not reading a book! I really enjoyed reading it and recommend it to anyone interested in this genre. Wow! This book was so well written that I 'felt' Vittoria was talking to me about her life experiences not reading a book! I really enjoyed reading it and recommend it to anyone interested in this genre.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Fryer

    Excellent This is an incredible story of strength, love, grief and courage. The strength of the woman about whom this story centers is amazing. Her grandchild created a story I could not stop reading.

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    WW2, Vittoria being Jewish, how her and her family tried to run to Switzerland to revive the Nazis.

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