What Makes Oral History Different

  • Alessandro Portelli
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


Back in 1960–61,I was an American Field Service foreign exchange student at Westchester High School here in Los Angeles—which still exists, although it has been almost swallowed up by the airport. And I had this wonderful experience of being an Italian in Los Angeles. Part of this was listening to the Italian radio station from “la bellissima città di San Pedro” on Sundays. Every Italian boy lives the day of Sunday in anxiety, waiting for the soccer results. The great privilege here was that, thanks to the time difference, by 10:00 a.m. Pd know the scores—and my Sunday anxiety was replaced by Sunday despair.


False Memory Oral History Mass Murder Mass Killing Private Memory 
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© Luisa Del Giudice 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Portelli
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  1. 1.University of RomeItaly

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