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Assisi Underground

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Published (first published July 1978)
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Jameyanne Fuller
If I could I would give this book 10 stars. 5 isn't enough. I've read this book before, as research for the historical fiction novella set inWWII Italy which I wrote for my senior honors thesis. I reread it because I'm writing a paper for my negotiations class on linked negotiations in the book. I have to say that rereading The Assisi Underground not only from the angle of studying the negotiations in the book but also after I've lived in Assisi for a year, it was a completely different experien ...more
Sharon
Feb 24, 2011 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was *not* an easy book. I had never known much about the Italian Resistance, to be honest, and learning about how the monasteries and convents of Assisi hid Jewish refugees was fascinating and terrifying.

This is a first person account by Padre Rufino Niccacci, a Franciscan monk who was essentially the leader of Assisi's underground. He told his story to journalist Alexander Ramati, who added an epilogue of his own so that readers would know how he met Padre Rufino and what happened to the m
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Kathleen
Oct 14, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A touching, beautiful book that will restore your belief in the good in humanity.
Sally
Aug 19, 2013 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was published in 1978 in the US and is now out of print. I found it to be a compelling story, showing how difficult it was for Jews during WWII. So often, the powers changed in Italy and France and it must have been so confusing and horrifying for Jews to know where to go and who to trust to help them. Fr. *Ruffino Niccacci certainly did his best. This book is written in the first person, which makes it very readable. I was interested to read how Gino Battaglia aka Bartoli would fit in ...more
Art
As I was reading it, I was saying to myself, I have seen this as a movie and believed I had read the book before. I was right.
I enjoyed it because of the humor and how folks reached out to help the Jews and others less fortunate in the War.
Humanity helping Humanity.
Toni
Jan 31, 2012 Toni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great subject, but the writing is only so-so. Which is ok I guess, as it was written as told to a writer.
J.C.
Oct 09, 2007 J.C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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True story of Italian monks hiding the Jews in Northern Italy during WW2.
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