THE reassuring speeches, the morale-boosting flyovers and the evening balcony applause for medical staff have done little to impress 90-year-old Liliana Segre.
A prominent lawmaker in her native Italy who barely survived Auschwitz as a teenager, she has maintained a sober attitude throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, which hit Italy early and hard in February, 2020.
“In the disease’s early days, there were flags on the windows and singing from the balconies,” she told La Repubblica last month. “I remained pessimistic. I saw that in reality there isn’t much left of that fraternity.”
Segre has been sounding the alarm about divisions within Italian society for years as one of the country’s most vocal Holocaust survivors.
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