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Bill Thayer

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Augusta Orlandi

This page reproduces part of
Voci della Memoria

by the
Classe 3°E della Scuola Media di Umbertide

printed by Rilegatoria Varzi,
Città di Castello

The original text is © Comune di Umbertide,
all rights reserved;
translated here by kind courtesy
of the Comune.
Any color photographs are © William P. Thayer.

This page has been carefully proofread
and I believe it to be free of errors.
If you find a mistake though,
please let me know!


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Galeno Monfeli

 p26  Mario Rivas Arrunategni​a — Alfonso Ferrari
Leonessa Licinio — Rosalinda Renga

We had come to Umbertide
fleeing from our houses
prey to the terrors of war.
We thought that here we could spend
a quieter life,
one free from "tribulations".
Instead, for us
life became even more hopeless.
We shall never go back to the towns
and to the houses we left out of fear, and
our loved ones,
perhaps, shall never find us
and shall not be able to weep
by our graves
consoling themselves there with flowers
and prayers.
How beautiful it would be
if the town that welcomed us
with such warmth
were to remember us by giving us an identity . . .
a name . . .
other than the
anonymous "refugees"!

Thayer's Note:

a The Spanish surname, of Basque origin, should almost certainly be written Arrunategui or better yet Arrunátegui.

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