Eboli

Eboli Ruins

Along with the 3rd Division, which had just landed, and, as one of the few "fresh" units available, 2nd Battalion was given the task of pushing inland out of the beachhead in pursuit of the retreating enemy. They moved through Battipaglia, a town totally destroyed in which each single building had been reduced to flat, dusty rubble. Eboli a few miles away was almost as badly devastated.

Above Eboli, at the dead end of a winding mountain road in an oppressive cul-de-sac between ridges, we liberated the village of Campagna, which had been used as an internment camp for political prisoners. There, huddled together in miserable squalor, we found almost a thousand civilians from southern and eastern Europe, most of them Jews.


eboli railwaybridge
Eboli railwaybridge with German panzer near te entrance of the village  (click pciture to enlarge)
Little has changed in this small park. The tree has grown older since then and the ornament at entry has disapeard. 


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Eboli center, remark the tower as reference point  (click pciture to enlarge)



'Christ Stopped at Eboli' - Carlo Levi

christstoppedateboli carlo leviEbloi is set as backrgroudn of the book 'Christ Stopped at Eboli (Italian: Cristo si è fermato a Eboli)' which is a memoir by Carlo Levi, published in 1945, giving an account of his exile from 1935-1936 to Grassano and Aliano, remote towns in southern Italy, in the region of Lucania which is known today as Basilicata.
Carlo Levi was a doctor, writer and painter, a native of Turin. In 1935, Levi's anti-fascist beliefs and activism led to his banishment by Benito Mussolini's fascist government to a period of internal exile in a remote region of southern Italy. Despite his status as a political exile Levi was welcomed with open arms, for the people of this area were naturally gracious hosts. His book, Christ Stopped At Eboli, focuses on his year in the villages of the Lucania region and the people he encountered there.