Grace Acciarito

“They say children do not remember. I remember everything. We had the German command right in the city. And I remember my dad sleeping with the gun under the pillow, because the Germans were coming in the middle of the night. They wanted a glass of water — whatever it is they want. They were coming in. And he [my father] said to my mother, ‘If you see that they kill me, get the gun. First kill the child, then kill yourself.’ Because there [were monstrosities] that [were] going on over there.”

(Vicenza, Italy, during WWII)