Interview with Gastone Orefice,

Project: Voices of the Holocaust Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Gastone Orefice describes Jewish history in Italy starting 300 years before Christ. He explains the treatment of Jewish individuals before World War II and shares about his life prior to World War II. Orefice tells about changes that occured after the release of an anti-Semitic manifesto and passing of anti-Semitic policies in Italy when he was sixteen years old. He describes his family's struggles during these times, such as loss of their jobs and being banned from public schools. He explains how they hid in various locations when they were unable to leave Italy. He remembers that despite national policies discriminating against the Jewish community, Italians and various Catholic Church leaders would individually aid Jewish citizens. He recalls when Jewish youth would meet secretly in order to understand their Jewish identity. He discusses his personal struggle understanding his own identity as an Italian citizen and a Jewish man. He explains how he became involved with the Italian resistance during World War II, and people's reaction to the end of the war. Orefice and the interviewer discuss various kinds of anti-Semitism in countries throughout Europe and the United States. He shares about meeting his wife and their marriage after the war ended. He describes more about his career history and his family since the end of World War II.

Interview Accession

2015oh027_vh025

Interviewee Name

Gastone Orefice

Interviewer Name

Leora Kahn

Interview Date

1994

Interview Partial Date

1994

Interview LC Subject

Religion World War, 1939-1945.

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Orefice, Gastone Interview by Leora Kahn. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Orefice, G. (n.d.). Interview by L. Kahn. Voices of the Holocaust Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Orefice, Gastone, interview by Leora Kahn. (n.d.), Voices of the Holocaust Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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