Franco (on the left) with Primo Levi
Franco with Eugenio Gentili Tedeschi
Franco Momigliano was born in 1916, in Turin. His mother, Bianca Treves, was a primary school teach and his sister, Mila, had graduated in Literature and worked as a secretary at the Jewish School of Turin, after the war becoming a middle school teacher. His father, Adolfo, was a lawyer with socialist ideas, in no way a devout observer of Jewish traditions. The family’s staunch opposition to Fascism was also confirmed by the fact that Franco’s uncle, Riccardo Momigliano, was a militant socialist who for that reason was sentenced to internment on the island of Lipari. Franco graduated in Law and worked for the Einaudi publishing company, even though the race laws prevented him from signing the articles he wrote. He was one of the most regular visitors to the Jewish Library. He began to take a special interest in Luciana during the summer of 1942, although they were probably friends from the time when meetings had been held at the Library. In 1943 he was working at a cotton mill and after the armistice he took an active part in the Resistance as political advisor on behalf of the Action Party. When the partisans were rounded up in the Germanasca valley, he got away and was later sent to Milan, but was arrested. In prison he was recognised as a Jew and a partisan and was tortured. He succeeded in escaping thanks to a daring plan devised by Vittorio Foa and his wife Lisetta Giua. After his escape he returned to Turin and took part in the liberation of the city. In 1946 he married Luciana Nissim, his girlfriend since 1942.
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