As a child in the 1940s and ’50s, Maria Parisi Vickers imagined placing a lid on the mountains that hugged the town of Campagna, Italy to stop the rain.

Those mountains made the rural town, which only had one road, difficult to enter and leave and, therefore, easy to police. During World War II, just before Vickers was born, the town became the location of an internment camp holding hundreds of Jewish people.