Enrico Lamet


Born in Vienna on May 27, 1930, Enrico Lamet, whose name at birth was Lifschütz, for the first seven years of his life enjoyed the comforts of an upper middle class family. Forced to flee Austria after the annexation to Germany, the family found refuge in Italy first, then France and Italy once again.
With little formal schooling during the war years, Mr. Lamet was able to graduate high school among the top of the class of 1949, after which he emigrated to the United States.
Disenchanted with academic studies, Mr. Lamet entered the business world in his early twenties and eventually worked his way up to top executive position, from which he retired in the late 1980s.
Prompted by friends, who had learned of his past, to write his memoirs, Eric Lamet began his work in 1991 and after a total of twenty-six drafts completed it in 2003.
The book has been published twice in the US and once in Italy, by the publisher of Schindler’s List. The American titles are: A GIFT FROM THE ENEMY and A CHILD AL CONFINO.
Mister Lamet received an honorary citizenship from the Italian town in which his story takes place.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Not having planned my memoir to be a memorial to my adored mother, it is a heart warming experience each time someone refers to my book as a great dedication from a son to his mother.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
From the age of eight until I was twenty I grew up in Italy. There is no question that, despite my limited schooling due to the racial laws, what I was exposed to in the years I attended high school had a great influence on my writing and my thinking. Studying Italian literature would influence any aspiring writer especially with their romantic or poetic expressions.
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A Gift from The Enemy
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 116,690. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » History » European
A compelling story set in Italy during World War II as seen through the eyes of an adventurous Jewish boy, this unique memoir is told with humor and grace. During the period of the Holocaust, when his mother fears the Nazi hunt, the love of the boy for his Mutti is ever present even when a new man enters into their lives. Hope, laughter and love will guide you through this book.

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