Tiziano Di Leo

Vom Verbündeten zum Kriegsgefangenen

Der italienische Soldat Tiziano Di Leo (1920-2012) erlebt nach dem armistice with the Allies on September the 8th of 1943 and the subsequent occupation of northern Italy by the Wehrmacht. Like hundreds of thousands of other Italians who refused to continue fighting for the Germans, he was taken prisoner in Ancona. Di Leo was transported in a cattle car to the Stalag III A camp, from there he was sent to the Siemens-Schuckertwerken in Berlin-Spandau. Untergebracht ist Di Leo zunächst im Salzhof labour camp in Rhenaniastrasse, which was destroyed in an air raid in February 1944. After Di Leo was transferred to a new site, he had to walk ten kilometres to the factory. The living conditions were harsh. The guards in the camp and foremen at the factory frequently mishandled the inmates. In the final phase of the war, Di Leo was forced to build barricades and dig anti-tank trenches.

Sowjetische Soldaten befreien Tiziano Di Leo am 26. April 1945 aus dem „Italien-Lager“ beim Bahnhof Jungfernheide. Er kommt in ein internationales Sammellager nach Wittenau, dann nach Bernau. Am 4. September 1945 erreicht Di Leo wieder seine Heimat.

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