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 Arturo Samuele Fornari

Arturo Samuele Fornari

Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Death 4 Sep 1972 (aged 89)
Great Neck, Nassau County, New York, USA
Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 33537107 · View Source
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Arturo was the seventh of ten children. Among the others were Giuseppe, Angelo, Riccardo, and Vittoria.

Before World War I Arturo became very successful as manager for the large firm "Pitigliani," a paper goods firm that created raw material rolls of paper for various industries. The company was named for its owner, Giuseppe Pitigliani. Giuseppe was the founder of the only Jewish orphange in Rome. He had no children and used his wealth to start the orphanage, which was called "Orfanatrofia Israelitico di Roma."

Arturo fought in World War I in Rome. Upon his return to civilian life he started his own company by buying the Pitigliani paper company. The company warehouse in Rome was at Via Anicia #6, and the major location where business was conducted was at Piazza Dei Caprettari.

Early on, Arturo hired a man named Alfredo to help manage his business. In 1939 Arturo, wife Valentina, and daughter Gabriella went to Switzerland for a two week vacation. While there, Hitler invaded Poland (September 1, 1939). Arturo decided that they could not return safely to Italy due to the violent anti-semitism that Hitler was fostering there, and he attempted to get the family to the United States. His two sons, Hermanno and Arrigo, were already in America attending Columbia University.

The family remained in Switzerland for three months, trying to get a permit to cross France to get to the USA. Eventually they were successful, and they left from Le Verdun, France, on the last American ship (the Manhattan) to leave Europe. While en route the lights on ship had to be darkened to help escape detection by Nazi submarines. Meanwhile, back in Italy, manager Alfredo claimed the family business to be his own, and kept ownership.

Upon arrival in America, the family had to sign an affidavit that they had money and would not join the welfare rolls. Fortunately, Arturo saw problems coming, and had somehow arranged to have some funds waiting for him in the United States.

The family stayed for a short time at Butler Hall at Columbia University. Arturo knew some English, but Valentina and Gabriella did not. Arturo continued his profession, opening a small office called "Fortrex" for paper goods in Manhattan.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 33537107
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Arturo Samuele Fornari (12 Sep 1882–4 Sep 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33537107, citing Pinelawn Memorial Park, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Waldarry (contributor 47093390) .