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At the Tip of the Boot: My Memory of My Imprisonment in Austria

Roger G. Hill

2023 FAPA Award Winner

In the darkest days of his life, Fedele Loria put a quill pen on paper and told his story. As a prisoner during the First World War, he was forced to experience every human emotion in the extreme. Despair and hopelessness overwhelm his companions on Christmas Eve 1917. We see hope for the future when he says, "So many times have I dreamed of my beautiful liberty." He tells us in his diary about the mundane daily life in a concentration camp. He describes to us the poignant and touching last hours of his mortally wounded friend. The depth of his thoughts, his faith in God, his love of family, and his deeply felt compassion, are woven into the fabric of his writing.

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