2 December 1942. Peddler Anselmo Pavoncello (1908-1945) is awarded 0.50 cents for forced labour along the embankment of the Tiber River.
When he realises the humiliating amount, Pavoncello tears and throws away the check, which would then be retrieved and kept by his sister Allegra.
In 1944, Anselmo was arrested in Rome, sent to Fossoli and deported to Auschwitz. He died at Dachau in February 1945.
Fortunata Di Segni’s Private Archive, Roma / Fondazione Museo della Shoah, Roma