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Herman & Vesuvius
believe that Herman was holding out on me, or
maybe I just didn't pay sufficient attention when he
told me of some "snapshots" he took during WW2.
Herman Chanowitz is an
American who has lived in Naples for many years with
his Sicilian wife. He was part of the WW2 invasion
force in Salerno that fought its way up the center
of Italy, pushing the Germans back from Monte
Cassino and making its way up into Germany.
For his efforts during
the war and for all the time he has contributed as
an ambassador of good will in coordinating visits by
young members of the NATO community in Naples to
various towns in the area that were directly
involved in wartime hostilities, Herman was recently
made an honorary citizen of the little town of San
Pietro, not far from Cassino.
"Anyway," said Herman, "I have
some snapshots I took in WW2."
It took Herman only 25 years
to tell me that. It turns out that he has photos
from the North African theater all the way to the
Nazi death camps. I feel guilty about not wanting to
see yet more photos of those horrors, but I suppose
I will have a look sooner or later. In the meantime,
I settled for a nice 8x10 glossy of the 1944
eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It has the classic dense
column of smoke billowing thousands of feet above
the mountain. I am sure there are other photos like
it, but this one is mine.
here to link to Herman's "Oral History of WW2"
[Photo credit: photo by Herman Chanowitz; restoration by Tana A. Churan-Davis.]