Born in Catania in 1924, Giuffrida died very young, at age 21, in Genoa (1945). “To freedom, and to her country she offered her young life in the War of Liberation.” So, reads the plaque set in 1956 in front of her native home in Catania, in the popular neighborhood of St. Christopher.
At a very young age, Graziella emigrated with her brother Salvatore to the northern part of Italy. In Genoa she became a teacher. During the dramatic German occupation time, driven by a yearning for freedom, and touched by the horrors consumed daily on the population (murdered, imprisoned and deported), Graziella wanted to make an active contribution in defense of the oppressed and joined the SAP (Squadra di Azione Partigiana) – operating in Genoa. She was arrested while riding on a tram. Graziella was young and beautiful. She suffered the same sad fate of her brother Salvatore, a partisan himself. Graziella was killed by the fascists on March 24th 1945, after being subjected to torture and vile abuse, humiliation and rape. Her body was found on April 28th, a few days before the Liberation, laying inside a pit together with four other young patriots, killed in the same massacre. Next to the “grave” there was a basement used to torture and kill patriots.
In the memory of Graziella and Salvatore, Via Fratelli Giuffrida
1. RitaAtria.it, http://www.ritaatria.it/lestorie/resistenza/graziellagiuffrida.aspx