Map illustrating the escape route of the Zimet family through the mountains in Italy until they found refuge with the Della Nave family

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Map illustrating the escape route of the Zimet family through the mountains in Italy until they found refuge with the Della Nave family

The Della Nave family opened their home in the village of San Bello, Italy, to the German Jewish refugees Fischel  and Rosalia Zimet and their 10-year-old daughter Regina. For a year-and-a-half, they gave the Zimets a roof over their heads and provided for them in spite of their poverty, the shortage of food and the danger of denouncement.

Map drawn by young Regina Zimet, depicting the route of her family's attempted flight through the mountains to Switzerland, from the Italian village of Serina to San Bello where they finally found refuge.
Map drawn by young Regina Zimet, depicting the route of her family's attempted flight through the mountains to Switzerland, from the Italian village of Serina to San Bello where they finally found refuge.

On the map she indicated which legs of the journey were taken by car,  train and on foot. The passage through the mountains at a height of 2,000 meters and the names of the villages are included, as is the bridge they crossed to San Bello.

Fischel and Regina Zimet, Leipzig, Germany, 1930s
Fischel and Regina Zimet, Leipzig, Germany, 1930s

Rosalia and Regina Zimet in Benghazi, Libya, en route from Leipzig to Eretz Israel in 1940
Rosalia and Regina Zimet in Benghazi, Libya, en route from Leipzig to Eretz Israel in 1940

The Della Nave family. Seated, center: Righteous among the Nations Giovanni and Mariangela Della Nave
The Della Nave family. Seated, center: Righteous among the Nations Giovanni and Mariangela Della Nave