Silvio in Milan, via Solferino
On Monte Disgrazia
The Ortona family came from Casale Monferrato where Silvio was born in 1916. His father, Eugenio, was a lawyer and a liberal who had never been a member of the Fascist Party. His mother, Marietta Segre, was a teacher. Besides Silvio, the couple also had a daughter named Delfina. Silvio graduated in Law in 1937 and in the winter of 1942-43 was living in Milan. During the war he took part in the Resistance around Biella, where he was one of the founders of the second Garibaldi Brigade of which he was made commander with the code name “Lungo” (Lanky). After the war he settled in Vercelli where he became active in politics and was elected to the Chamber of Deputies with the Italian Communist Party from 1948 to 1958. In 1963 he left Vercelli and moved to Turin. After being an active trade unionist for many years too, in the last years of his life Ortona enthusiastically took part in the debate on the identity of Italian Judaism and on the Middle East conflict. He took part in the Jewish Study Group in Turin, and was a regular contributor to the group’s official journal, “Ha Keillah”. He died in 2005.
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