An account by John Schofield
I saved up what money I could find and travelled to Florence
An account by Susan Glasspool
Once we reached the city we saw that a real catastrophe had taken place
"I found it incredibly inspiring to see this younger generation all united in this vital effort"
An account by Francesco
I was horrified, the desolation looked like the after-effects of an atom bomb
An account by Carlo Alberto
I was 13 years old and for over a month worked at the Academy of the Georgofili
An account by Umberto Mazzone
It was an experience that was to have a great influence on my life because it
helped me to make a definite decision to do what I could to assist people less fortunate than myself
An account by Captain Riccardo
Romeo of the Italian Red Cross (I)
"I'd like to find the third friend I worked with during the flood"
An account by Franco Schiavetto
"I preferred to assist people who had lost everything before helping to save the works of art "
An account by Leo Giovanni
The Florentines were full of determination
An account by Salvatore Franchino
A "Mud Angel" who also helped after the Vayont tragedy as well as during the floods in Versilia last June
An account by Stefano Stefanini
"When I saw Kennedy, with his white raincoat covered in mud, I said hello to him in English and he shook my hand"
An account by Stefano Stefanini
I would never have thought that Florence would remember us! and certainly had no idea that we had been given such a glamorous name as "Mud Angels"...
An account by Enrico Calzolari
"No teachers were present to witness the cry of pain of Italian culture"
An account by Giovanna Telesca
"In those days the grey skies of Florence were frightening to behold,
at night they were illuminated by electric cells that made the city look like a prison camp"
An account by Maristella Vicini
"Even though I was only 13, I realised I was doing something to save culture"
An account by Elena Zazzeri
All I wanted to say was: I was there too!
The accounts of Prof. Helmut
Kortan and Dr. Susanne Kortan (A)
About fifty students from the Academy in Vienna came and worked
An account by Giuseppe Bottaro
I remember that I took some milk to a lady who had small children she was so grateful that she insisted on giving me a pair of new shoes
An account by Fausto Bersotti
"There was an incredible feeling of solidarity and young boys like my friend and I were treated with the same importance as anyone else "
An account by Marco Perotto
"The river was making such a terrible noise that it sounded just like a waterfall"
An account by Andrea Pisaneschi
"I was really delighted to have done what I did.
It was something I would do all over again if need be, even though it was jolly hard work"
An account by Gian Gaetano
"It was a unique experience, even though it was only for one day. I still remember the moment with great pride"
An account by Prof. Alfio
Del Serra (I)
"It was an enforced stimulus, an enormous job, which mobilized all the branches of knowledge and was to greatly encourage us in our work"
An account by Massimo Fabbri
"We distributed emergency rations from a stall full of goods in the street in front of the entrance to the Archbishop's Palace"
An account by Fabrizio Galeotti
"In the midst of all that desolation, what impressed me most of all was the smell of freshly baked bread at a baker's shop that had just re-opened"
An account by Dott.ssa Anna
Maria Petrioli Tofani (I)
"It meant saving the cultural wealth of Florence. It was a race against time"
An account by Cristina Rossi
"The city was in a state of utter desolation but the feeling of solidarity shown by the hundreds of young people was equally strong."
An account by Dr. Bruno Santi
"The mud was extremely deep inside the church of SS Apostoli and the violence of the flood had even managed to move the organ so that we found it blocking the door"
An account by Marika Spence
"In Canada people spoke of the tragedy in Florence and all the damage done to the city which we had to try and save"
An account by Fabio Tucci
"I spent 2 days removing the mud from a perfume shop in the centre and, to thank me, the owner gave me a bottle of perfume which I then swopped for a banana because I was hungry"
An account by Raffaele Virdis
"The week I spent in Florence was extremely important for me because it contributed towards my cultural and humanitarian maturity"
An account by Andrea Anichini
"I remember the humane atmosphere and can still picture many of the sights I saw at the time: the chains of people passing on the books from the shelves, the things we youngsters talked about, the journeys we made on the American lorries to take the books away"
An account by Prof. Umberto
"We ran through the Vasari corridor above the Ponte Vecchio to try and take the paintings to safety. The bridge shuddered and we thought it was going to fall down"
An account by Riccardo Basosi
"The traffic warden, who had been working non-stop for 14 hours, burst into tears of exhaustion and we tried to comfort him"
An account by Dr.Daniela Chines
"Love of Florence"
An account by Tiziana Rossi
"We felt really satisfied after we had cleaned out the bedrooms and the refectory of the old folk's home"
An account by Enzo Terzi (I)
I accompanied my uncle in a huge truck full of bread which he had bought and paid for himself
An account by Catherine Williams
The newspaper articles read, "FANGO! FANGO!"
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