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About Ms. Bettina

Elizabeth Bettina is the author of It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust, a work that brings to light the little known history of how Jews were saved in Italy during the Holocaust. 

Her book was the inspiration for the documentary, My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes, which was co-produced by Ms. Bettina and narrated by Golden Globe winning actress, Isabella Rossellini. She has had private audiences with both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis and her work has also been recognized by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

With a mission to learn about those who risked their lives to save others and to inspire people to take action, Ms. Bettina founded the 
Be the Difference-Never Again program. It is her core belief that each person, every action, large or small, can make a difference.

As a public speaker, Ms. Bettina has been invited to lecture around the world, including Holocaust Education Week in Toronto, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, the American Consulate in Florence, and at various embassies, colleges, universities, and advocacy organizations. She is a graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts.

Ms. Bettina signs her books, “If you are not indifferent, things can be different.”

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Jewish wedding in Concentration Camp - Ferramonti. Calabria, Italy. Circa 1940

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