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The Sunday, November 14 Montgomery County, Maryland Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA) lodge ZOOM event with Guest speaker Writer, Artist, and Historian Dr. J. Michael Niotta is below.
He will talk about The Plan That Never Came Together: How America’s Italians Narrowly Escaped Mass Internment during WWII
Date & Time:
5 pm to 7:15 pm Sunday, November 14
Dr. Niotta will talk about The Plan That Never Came Together: How America’s Italians Narrowly Escaped Mass Internment during WWII.
Niotta’s great grandfather co-founded the Italo-American Welfare League in Los Angeles during the mid-1920s.
His grandmother helped establish the women’s auxiliary of the Italian-American Civic Association (I-ACA) in San Diego, during the late 1950’s.
J. Michael’s Great Grandfather Jack Dragna; however, served as the Godfather in Los Angeles from 1931 till 1956.
Another of his blood relatives stood in opposition of the mafia.
Dr. Niotta’s non-fiction book The Fight Abroad & the Fear Back Home, sheds light on the little known Italian enemy alien situation stateside during World War II.
In October 2021, he represented the Italian perspective at the San Diego Central Library as part of the Rebellious Miss Breed program on Japanese-American incarceration.
He will also answer questions after his presentation from the audience.
Sons and Daughters of Italy news will be discussed before Dr. Niotta’s presentation.
I’ll post the ZOOM log in instructions in early November.
Michael R. Bertocchi
Rockville, Maryland[masked] (mobile) &[masked] (home)
President, Montgomery County, Maryland Sons and Daughters of Italy lodge #2288