The Italian Village that Stood up to the Nazis

A fading plaque hides the dark secrets of a picturesque Italian village

A sprawling linden tree in the Tuscan village of Castiglione di Garfagnana (Image by the author)

Under a sprawling linden tree, in the medieval village of Castiglione di Garfagnana, looking out over the lush Serchio Valley, stands a fading plaque dedicated to Luigi Dini.

Castiglione di Garfagnana is a village that embraces its history. Two days previously we had paid our annual…