Bianca with Primo Levi at Cortina
Bianca with Alberto Salmoni
Bianca Guidetti Serra was born in Turin on 19 August 1919. Her father was a civil lawyer and her mother, widowed while her daughters were still young, was a seamstress. Bianca passed her school leaving certificate in 1938 specialising in classical studies. At school she had met Alberto Salmoni who introduced her to Primo Levi, Franco Momigliano, Silvio Ortona, Ada Della Torre, Luciana Nissim and Vanda Maestro, the group that met at the Jewish library, to whom she became a valuable friend. She took part with Franco Momigliano and Eugenio Gentili Tedeschi in the first act of Resistance: this small group of young people ripped down posters against Jews that had been put up in via Roma. Bianca enrolled at the Faculty of Law and became increasingly interested in the poor and the outcasts. She graduated on 3 July 1943. Together with Alberto, she became increasingly involved with the Communist Party and, after the armistice, with various Resistance groups. Through Franco Momigliano she met Vittorio Foa and his wife Lisetta. She was amongst those who in Turin organised the “Groups for women’s defence and assistance to freedom fighters”. Bianca worked actively with Ada Gobetti and also remained a source of help for Jewish friends who had gone underground. Bianca married Alberto Salmoni on 15 May 1945: the civil ceremony was celebrated by Ada Gobetti.
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