With thanks: Levana
Carolina Delburgo's book Come Ladri nella Notte has been translated into English. A French edition will be out soon.
The story of Carolina Delburgo, a Jewess expelled with her family from Egypt in 1956, has been turned into a play and staged in the Italian town of Ferrara. The play was performed on 7 April 2011 and directed by Rosanna Ansani, with music by Giorgio Zappaterra and lighting by Stefano Ruviero.
When the last survivor of this brutal expulsion is no more, the play will be valued as a record of the Egyptian exodus for generations to come. The story is based on Carolina Delburgo's book, Come Ladri nella notte ('Like Thieves in the Night'), published in 2008.
In her book Carolina recorded her childhood memories of fleeing Egypt on board the ship Achylleus, along with hundreds of other Jews. The Egyptian leader Nasser had ordered the expulsion of Jews and the sequestration of their property following the Suez campaign.
What makes this exodus particularly disturbing is that Carolina and all the other Jews fleeing with her family held Italian nationality. Italy did not take part in the Suez campaign.
The Jews arrived at Brindisi and were taken to the Bocca di Puglia camp. A memorial to their exodus was unveiled on the site in 2006.
On the morning of the play's performance, Carolina Delburgo gave a presentation to students of the Liceo Classico L Ariosto in Ferrara.
Read press report in full (Italian)
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