Ada at Saccarello (centre) between Carla Consonni and Anna Maria Levi
With her son Sandro in 1947
Ada Della Torre was born in 1914 in Alessandria. She had two degrees, one in Literature and a second in Law. She was Primo Levi’s cousin and because of this was sometimes called “cugimo”, a contraction of “cugina di Primo” (Primo’s cousin). From 1942 to 1943, her flat in Milan at number 7 of Via San Martino became the meeting place for all the friends from Turin who had moved to Milan: Primo Levi, Vanda Maestro, Silvio Ortona, Eugenio Gentili Tedeschi. An unforgettable portrait of those memorable years remains in the book containing her playful verses and drawings by Eugenio Gentili Tedeschi, entitled “I giochi della paura” (The Fear Games). After the armistice she took part in the Resistance as a courier, helping Silvio Ortona who was a partisan commander in the area around Biella. After the war she married Silvio and up until 1963 the couple lived in Vercelli, then moving to Turin. Ada worked throughout her life as a teacher and writer. She died in Turin in 1986.
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