Maturity, lyrics by Liliana Segre and Gherado Colombo: “The Guilt of Being Born”

Text taken from: Gherardo Colombo, Liliana Segre, The only fault of being born, Garzanti, Milan, 2021, pp. 25-27.

“When I was expelled from public school via Ruffini because of racial laws, my parents thought about enrolling me in a Jewish school without knowing which way to go. Eventually, they decided to send me to a Catholic. school, the one at Marcelline di piazza Tommaseo, where I felt very well because the nuns were caring and caring.When we were expelled in Inverigo, however, I studied with a lady who came to teach me at home.

Did I first find that the expulsion was an absurd thing, as well as a weight? huge! Imagine a child who did nothing, an ordinary student, mediocre like me, in the sense that I was not ne? good at it? unable; I was just a little girl who went to school very much like, why? I liked being in company, just like I do now. And from one day to the next they say to you, “You have been banished!” AND? something that stays with you forever. “Why??” I asked and no one could give me an answer. To my “Why?” the family burst into tears, those who blew their noses, those who pretended to leave the room. In short, the subject was not addressed, it was avoided. And I was burdened with guilt and questions: “But what have I done wrong not to be able to go to school anymore? What is my fault?”. I could not understand it, I could not find an explanation, however illogical, of the exclusion. The fact is that I suddenly found myself in a world where I could not go to school and at the same time it happened that the officers started to introduce themselves and go into my house with an attitude that is not at all. friendly. And also for this I could not find a reason.

Along with the expulsion from school, I remember the sudden silence of the phone. Is it also? to be considered very serious. I had a passion for the phone, a passion I have never lost. As soon as it rang, I ran down the long corridor from my room at the time to answer it. Suddenly he stopped playing. And when he did, if it were not the rare voices of relatives or friends with whom we kept some intimacy? I even began to hear that at the other end of the line was being directed at me: “Die!”, “Why ??”, “Get out!” they told me. It was, of course, anonymous calls. After three or four times, I told my dad about it ?: “Someone told me on the phone” Die! “”. Since then, I have been banned from answering. Those who remained close to us were very few. Since then, I have always paid close attention to true friends, to those who do not leave you in disgrace. Because? the true friends are the ones who stay with you in trouble ?, not the others who may have filled you with gifts and praise, but who actually took advantage of your hospitality? There were those who before the race laws said to me: “There is no one more beautiful than you!”. Then, after the war, I would meet them again, and they would say to me, “But where did you end up? What happened to you? Why? Did you not listen?”. If you are? on top of the wave he has as many friends as he wants. But when things go wrong, people do not look at you anymore. Because? yes, it hurts to pick up the phone and be told “Die!” by an anonymous. But how much is it? painful to gradually discover all those who, even without hiding, no longer see you ?. AND? like in the terrible game between children where you decide, without telling them which of them is? Invisible. Have I always found it one of the most popular games? cruel. Is it usually done with the child more? small: the group decides they no longer see him ?, and he starts crying and yells, “But I’m here!”. Here it is? what is it? happened to us, each of us was the invisible child. “

The student is asked: You can answer point by point or build a single speech that contains the answers to all the questions asked. Summarizes the content of the passage without resorting to direct speech. Because? Does Liliana Segre perceive her expulsion from school as absurd and serious? Liliana Segre compares the experience determined by racelove with the infantile game about the “invisible child”: why do you use this similarity? By evoking her own memories, the senator also alludes to the feelings of guilt she felt regarding the situation she was experiencing: in your opinion, what was their origin?

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