Diamantina Vivante

Trieste , 2015

She prepares Jewish Corfiote dishes. Especially on holidays. Each holiday has its own special food. She says she often makes the matzo balls with spinach the way her mother would make it on the last day of Passover. It’s her way of feeling that her family is still with her.

Alcalay included an honorary mention of Diamantina Vivante among the Corfu survivors of the Holocaust. Vivante was the daughter of Greek Jews from Corfu who left the island after a vicious pogrom in 1891. Diamantina was initially transferred to the Risiera di San Sabba concentration camp in Trieste, then to Ravensbrück and, lastly, to Bergen-Belsen, from where she was freed on 15 April 1945. The above excerpt comes from an interview with Diamantina Vivante and her sister-in-law, Emy Salonichio, to Artemis Alcalay (Trieste, 21 April 2015).