Italian POWs and a Texas Church: The Murals of St. Mary's

  • Title: Italian POWs and a Texas Church: The Murals of St. Mary's
  • Author: Donald Mace Williams
  • ISBN: 9781281093264
  • Page: 410
  • Format: ebook
  • Italian POWs and a Texas Church The Murals of St Mary s While the tragedy of World War II played itself out in the cities and across the countrysides of Europe a different drama took place in the Texas Panhandle where three thousand Italian prisoners of
    While the tragedy of World War II played itself out in the cities and across the countrysides of Europe, a different drama took place in the Texas Panhandle, where three thousand Italian prisoners of war were interned in a camp at Hereford In the last year of the war, the prisoners suffered a siege of hunger dictated by government ordered cutbacks in rations Only a handfWhile the tragedy of World War II played itself out in the cities and across the countrysides of Europe, a different drama took place in the Texas Panhandle, where three thousand Italian prisoners of war were interned in a camp at Hereford In the last year of the war, the prisoners suffered a siege of hunger dictated by government ordered cutbacks in rations Only a handful of prisoners found a way to supplement their meager meals Franco Di Bello, an Italian officer who spoke English, and a small band of fellow artists agreed to decorate St Marys Church in the nearby town of Umbarger There, amid the small farms and the hard working German immigrants who had settled the area, the Italian POWs painted murals and carved figures reminiscent of the Renaissance The good people of St Marys provided the artistic Italians with a hearty meal each noonfeeding their thin bodies with an abundance of home cooking and nourishing their souls with simple respect and friendship This compassionate story of courage and kindliness is as enduring as the art work that still graces the walls of a modest Catholic church in a Panhandle town.

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    1. Fascinating and beautifully written. There are some pictures in the book that help with the story of the POW's in Hereford and the relationship that developed with the local peoplebut it is all more meaningful if you actually see the church in Umbarger and the brilliant art that was produced there.

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