(by Morita Capuano) (ANSA) – ROME, April 24 – Iola Mancini Vecchio Concept, A PARTISAN LOVE (FELTRINELLI, PP 224 EURO 18). Partisan Twenty Years Old Forever, Iole Mancini, the last survivor of the prison on Via Tasso – the symbol of the Nazi occupation in Rome where Eric Prebec was tortured – tells her story at the age of 102 in Concept Vecchio in ‘Un amore partigiano’. The book is released in Feltrinelli on the occasion of Liberation Day, 25 April. “I remember everything, but I’d rather forget it. It’s very painful,” Mancini admitted to Vecchio, Repubblica’s political journalist and writer.
“I was convinced I was writing a partisan story and in the end I wrote the story of a very strong and intelligent woman, still beautiful on the piece despite her age, very open, even towards her own problems. I realized that this part was just as important,” Concept Vecchio said For ANSA.
At 17, Iole met Ernesto Borghese at Anzio Beach, who would become her husband. When the war broke out, he was drafted into Florence and sent her pictures of postcards of the Italian army, in one of which he wrote, “Ernesto loves you.” “From the height of her 102 years, from the wonderful things that Eul lived, great wisdom emerged about how to view life events. It was not only the resistance she offered against Nazi fascists, but also her ability to deal with the problems that occur to us. To know that Life must be accepted as it comes and in fact partisan love is double in the sense that it is love between two parties but partisan as you understand love “explains the journalist, author of among other things with Feltrinelli from the book Giorgiana Masi (2017).
Mancini recalls: “On June 10, 1940, Benito Mussolini announced his entry into the war from the balcony of Piazza Venezia. I remember it was said that it would not last long, and that we would quickly win.” Then on September 8, 1943, the Germans occupied Rome, things changed and Mancini and Borghese joined the resistance, supporters of the loopholes. “There are so many things coming back today, conquest, resistance, waiting for our allies, allies that never arrive, hunger, getting lost. In the end, wars are always the same,” says Concept Vecchio. Which closed the book two months before the outbreak of war in Ukraine.
On April 7, 1944, after a failed attack on Vittorio Mussolini, Duce’s second son, Borghese was captured and taken to Regina Coeli, but then managed to escape. Mancini is imprisoned in Via Tasso, cell 22, and Pribek interrogates her several times, but she does not betray her partisan love. “Where’s Ernesto?” Fosse Ardeatine’s executioner asked her constantly, pointing a lamplight in her eyes. “Pribek would give me a nudge every now and then,” Mancini says. “He was methodical, tough, relentless in his questioning.”
Vecchio makes us feel Iole today, as we enter the ransom spirit of the 1.74-year-old, who came to weigh 50kg during the occupation, and the seamstress who was praised by Valentino by calling her the “Princess of Petticoats” and the woman who lived. Everything is until the end and now he keeps the numbers and memories in old diaries that he consults from time to time. A story of fights and resistance even in private life, with a hostile mother-in-law, her husband Ernesto who allows himself to be courted by other women, and after surviving death at the age of forty-nine from a heart attack. A year later, Iul met, in 1967, a painter of Bulgarian origin, Ilya Bykov with whom she had a new and different love, but he also died of a heart attack in 1988, on April 7, the same day Ernesto was arrested.
“It’s also a book about fate that sometimes keeps you and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s fate that decides for us,” states Concepts Vecchio who will present the book with Iul Mancini on April 29 at 5.00 pm at Casa della Memoria e della Storia, in Rome.