Collection consists of newspaper, magazine and newsletter articles, tourist booklets, maps of Italy, Cassino and Abruzzi National Park, church prayer card, photographs, flyers, booklets, Jack N. Porter's notes, lecture text, a business card and a letter from William J. Brisk to his mother describing a visit to San Donato and Atina by a group of Newton residents and Mayor Tom Concannon in 1996.
San Donato, Val di Comino, Italy, a hill town between Rome and Naples is one of the sister cities of Newton, Massachusetts. It was so designated in 1980, because so many immigrants from San Donato had settled in Newton between 1850 and 1890. The other connection between the two cities is that Newton has a large number of Jewish citizens. During World War II San Donato residents saved several Jewish families, soldiers and individuals from the Nazis by destroying original identity documents and re-issuing counterfeit ones. This collection consists of material related to the sister city relationship between Newton and San Donato, the assistance given to Jews during World War II in San Donato, personal papers of Professor Jack Nusan Porter related to his research on the history of San Donato and the Holocaust, and a history of the cultural and charitable organization, Gruppo Etnico Sandonatese, created in 1989 in the Nonantum village of Newton to keep alive the links between San Donato descendents in Massachusetts and the Italian Sandonatesi.
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San Donato, Italy, Newton's Sister City. Special Collections, Newton Free Library, Newton, MA.
Newton Free Library (330 Homer St., Newton, MA 02459), Special Collections.
Materials in English and Italian.
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