Caprara: the story of Angiolina Massa (17 years old)

I was 6 years old when I went to Caprara. Living there was nice; there were a lot of families: There was upper Caprara and lower Caprara. In upper Caprara there were two farmers, one of them was us, with a tobacco shop and an osteria, and then there were three other families of workers. In lower Caprara there were 2 families of farmers and the house of Marchese Beccadelli, where we went, when the summer came and everybody just wanted to go hunting with their son and the farmers. There were two really nice people. Zanini and Curia were the owners of the entire area of Monte Sole. Then there was the family of the guard of Beccatelli who had 6 sons. All in all, there was a small community, a few people. You could live a good live, I liked it very much. I always say that my best years, I had spent up there. We had a tobacco shop, an osteria. In the winter, all citizens were there. All the farmers were there, they liked to play the quadrille in Massino afterwards. What did we do when it was snowing? When there was no snow, we went to the forests to cut some firewood but when there was snow we stayed inside. This ladder, which you can still see a little bit, was the ladder, which led to the chambers. My birthday is in January, if you knew how many times I had to go up this ladder because they pulled my ears very, very strong…. You could live a good live, it was like we were all one family…
We were selling sugar, a little bit of pasta, because it was house-made, a bit of macaroni… oil, salt, petroleum and later also carbide for the lighting. Afterwards the farmers gave my father this order: Bring us all your pitchforks, all your shovels or hoes and all women shall bring us needles, strings or cotton. Sometimes he kept some of them in the shop but when the finance department came it hurt, he had to give them also the salami and I said: “But Dad! I also would like the salami!!” The finance department always came to make inspections. In the house of the Monte Sole I still have the balance with all the stamps on it. They came because we had to weigh correctly…

(Testimony from the viedo documentary “What we went through”, Fondazione Scuola di pace di Monte Sole, 2007)