Lino as a boy
Lino Jona was the fourth of the five children of Leopoldo Jona, a textile trader, and Olga Levi. As a member of a middle-class family, he attended the secondary school in Asti specialising in classical studies and, after obtaining his school leaving certificate, was awarded a grant provided by Cesare Artom’s legacy to study engineering at the prestigious Ghislieri College at the University of Pavia. There, through Gina Segre Jarach, he came into contact with the Jewish-Zionist circle in Milan which was to have a fundamental impact on his intellectual and religious education. In September 1939, sent away from Pavia, he enrolled at Turin School of Engineering. These were the years when he attended the Jewish library, building up an important network of relations with Ennio and Emanuele Artom, Nella Herrera, Vanda Maestro, Luciana Nissim, Augusto Segre, Lia and Anna Segre. Lino graduated on 29 October 1941 and found a job as an engineer in Livorno. This was only a very brief interval of normality, however, which ended after just a few months when he was dismissed because he was a Jew. Returning to Asti, he enthusiastically devoted himself to helping foreign Jews interned in the Asti area. It was in fact during a visit to a camp in Moncalvo, in December 1942, that Lino suddenly fell ill with fulminating tuberculosis. He died just a few days later on 18 December 1942.
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