Vittorio's Journey

An Italian Immigrant's Story

Vittorio Rappini was born in Bologna in 1921. At the start of World War II, he survives the sinking of his submarine, the Durbo, in the Mediterranean Sea and, for six years, suffers the degradation, drudgery and hardships of life in Allied prisoner of war camps. Finally able to return home, Vittorio confronts the aftermath of war in Italy, which sets him on the road to emigration to Canada. The book Vittorio’s Journey fits into the broader historical memory of all those who fought, suffered or perished on both sides during this tragic period of modern history.