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Unavoidable Hope: A Jewish Soldier’s Fight to Save His Family from Fascism: Author Lecture

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for an evening with Roger Sabbadini, author of Unavoidable Hope: A Jewish Soldier’s Fight to Save His Family from Fascism.

This a compelling true story of an Italian Jewish refugee, Alessandro (Alex) Sabbadini, who escaped Fascist Italy to America on the eve of WWII only to join the fight in Italy with the U.S. 5th Army. He was in the fight for personal reasons – to liberate Italy and his Jewish family who were being pursued by the Fascists and the Nazis

Book Synopsis:
The story of the Sabbadini family and Alex Sabbadini’s quest to discover their fate is not told in a chronological order but dramatically begins with the January 22, 1944 invasion of Italy at the seaside towns of Anzio and Nettuno where Alex landed a mere 200 yards in front of the Sabbadini summer villa. In one of the great fiascoes of the war, the Allies became trapped in a small strip of beachhead with their backs to the sea, facing 120,000 German troops who thwarted the Allies’ plan to capture Rome and Alex’s ability to reunite with his family.

During the agonizing stalemate, the horror of the Anzio/Nettuno battle is documented from Alex’s perspective; but the seemingly eternity of time he spent there is used to reminisce on the history of Alex’s archetypical family in context of the robust history of the Jews in Italy. Flashbacks also involve earlier military activities of the Mediterranean Campaign and the antecedents that brought Alex to the doorstep of Rome.

Alex was in the intelligence service, G-2 documents section; consequently, his job was to preserve and document items of military importance captured from enemy command posts, as well as conduct interrogations of POWs and work with the Italian partisans. Alex accompanied the troops that were tasked with the mission of capturing Benito Mussolini. He witnessed Mussolini in death and sat at Il Duce’s desk examining the Italian dictator’s military and personal documents.

This book details true, inspirational events and interactions with heroic figures of the time. Importantly, the manuscript is put into a broader context of the nature of war, the Just War Theory, and what motivates authoritarian regimes to engage in aggression and the creation of ‘the other’.

Unavoidable Hope: A Jewish Soldier’s Fight to Save His Family from Fascism is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Unavoidable-Hope-Jewish-Soldiers-Fascism/dp/0692946802

Author’s Biography, in his own words:
Alex Sabbadini was my father, so I am uniquely qualified to tell his tale. Professionally, I have authored over 100 scientific publications and book chapters. I have a Ph.D. in Physiology and a BA in Psychology, both from the University of California, Davis. I was a distinguished professor of biology for over three decades and received many academic honors during my years at San Diego State University (SDSU) before my retirement as a Professor Emeritus in 2008. At SDSU, I was also a co-founder of the Institute for International Security and Cooperation and the highly-successful undergraduate major with that name and I taught in the major. I am also the founder of two biotechnology companies. I have lectured internationally and have been an invited or a keynote speaker at many international conferences.

There is no fee, but please RSVP for planning purposes. This event is held virtually on Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.


Wednesday, November 11, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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