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Inside Rome with the Germans, 1945, 20 August 2019

 Item — Box: 29 Gold, Object: F, Shelf: 2
Identifier: BAL LRC 29 Gold 1141


  • 1945
  • 20 August 2019

Language of Materials

English .

Biographical / Historical

"The diary of an American -- and a Catholic religious -- which covers the period of the occupation of Rome by the Germans from September, 1943, until its liberation the following summer. The connotations of the term diary do not apply here; hers is a self-effacing, controlled record concerned with the life of the city --day by day -- in terms of others, not herself. Here was the riot, civil war, real war and anarchy which set in; the looting, private and official; the regime of restrictive measures and penalties which were inaugurated; the forced labor, Jew baiting, black market, food shortage, air raids; the patriot incidents and reprisals as violence bred violence; the long months of hopeful waiting as they followed the slow progress at Anzio and Cassino until the final offensive and liberation. In close, exact detail -- this is an authentic, amplifying account, which lacks perhaps the personal contact for popularity." KIRKUS REVIEW, taken from the KIRKUS website July 26, 2016, by Brother Rob Wilsbach, Assistant Archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Pages 137-140 speak of B. R. [initials for Brother Robert Pace, FSC; Brother Robert's original religious name was Brother Robert of Mary; he was a Christian Brother from California and taught briefly at La Salle College, Philadelphia] and the author's news of his past & present activities.

Biographical / Historical

Scrivener, Jane [pseudonym of Francis, Augusta L. who was Mother Mary St. Luke of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus] (source: "City of the Christian Brothers," Lasallian Digest, Fall 1958. ) Likely from her book Have You Been To Rome, A Guide for the Intelligent Ttourist.—Brother Rob Wilsbach, 26 July 2016, Assistant Archivist.


1 Volumes : Hardcover, 204 pages.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased for the Archive by Brother Joseph Grabenstein, July, 2016.


This is a journal presented without annotation in chronological order, from September 1943 until June 1944.

Materials Specific Details

Hardcover, 204 pages.

Repository Details

Part of the The De La Salle Christian Brothers Archives of the Baltimore District Repository

1900 West Olney Avenue (Box 831)
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19119- United States