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The Battle of Ortona

The Battle of Ortona, fought between 20 and 28 December 1943 by Canadian and German forces was one of the most important events of the Italian campaign between July 1943 and May 1945. By the end of 1943, Allied forces

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The Reifeisen family

The Reifeisen family was an ‘ordinary’ Jewish family, whose fate is exemplary for the destruction of European Jewry during the Second World War. Ilse Reifeisen, the daughter, luckily survived, but her parents, Simon and Gertrud Anna Reifeisen, shared the fate of many other victims of ghettos and camps. Gertrud died in Stutthof whereas Simon’s death is unknown.