ITALY: Open Hands for Palmira

Ever since her birth in an evil-smelling slum in the Adriatic port of Ancona, life had been hard for Palmira Carloni. After nearly half a century of never-ending work, she still managed to avoid starvation only by selling salted lupine seeds along Ancona's waterfront. Two of the ten children she had borne her deckhand husband died for want of food. But Palmira was strong because she had faith.

Palmira's faith was in Russia. As a girl of 17 she had heard the exciting news of Russia's October Revolution. She remembers: "We felt it...

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