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From Prisoner to Patriarch: A New Orleans Love Story

Giovanni and Vergie DiStefano on their wedding day in New Orleans. Retired tailor Nunzio Giovanni “John” DiStefano is one of many Italian immigrants who moved to the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries in pursuit of the American Dream. But DiStefano’s story is no ordinary immigrant’s tale. Unlike most New Orleans area residents … Continue reading From Prisoner to Patriarch: A New Orleans Love Story

Finding Love Against the Odds: A New Orleans Wartime Romance

By Linda DiMarzio Massicot and Elisa Speranza "I fell in love with his ears,” said Dorothy Messina DiMarzio as she recalled the first time she saw her future husband, Ermanno. She was the daughter of Sicilian immigrants and he was an Italian prisoner-of-war. After the Allies defeated the Axis powers in North Africa in 1943, … Continue reading Finding Love Against the Odds: A New Orleans Wartime Romance