Because I knew how much my mother wished to have the Em press's letters published, I made up my mind, when she died, to see that her wish was fulfilled. But for some years, circumstances held me from action. Then came the second world war. The letters were kept at my house at San Domenico, near Florence. When the fighting broke into Italy and spread towards the north, I was in Roumania, and my sister, Irene, Duchess of Aosta, who also lived near Florence, fearing for the safety of the letters, took them to her own house.