Vanda with Giorgio Segre – 1943
Vanda in Genoa - 1940
Vanda Maestro was born in Turin on 27 May 1919. Her father Cesare owned a shop in Turin located on Corso Lagrange, which he ran with his wife, Clelia Colombo. Cesare had been born in Trieste, and had then moved to Padua and from there to Turin. Vanda attended school with Renata De Benedetti and after leaving the school where she specialised in classical studies, she obtained a degree in Chemistry at Genoa University in 1942. A very close friend of Luciana and the others in the group at the Library, she took part with Franco Momigliano and Emanuele Artom in the defence of the Synagogue in 1942. From 1942 to 1943 she was in Milan and, with Giorgio Segre, was a frequent visitor to Ada Della Torre’s flat. After the armistice, she attempted to escape to Switzerland and later stayed with Luciana and her family in Brusson. Luciana and Vanda joined Primo Levi, Guido Bachi and Aldo Piacenza and together they set up a small partisan band near Amay. They were arrested on 13 December 1943 and, after a month in jail in Aosta, were transferred to Fossoli and from there to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Vanda survived in the women’s camp of Birkenau until October. She was sent to the gas chamber during one of the last gassings, presumably towards the end of October 1944.
Multimedia interactive exhibition
Turin • 27 January | 20 March 2010
Fossoli • 25 April | 11 July 2010
5-20 September 2010
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