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Laura Fermi
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Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (born in Italy)
Date of Birth: 1907
Date of Death: 1977
Cause of Death: Stomach Cancer
Religion: Judaism
Occupation: Author, Activist
Spouse: Enrico Fermi
Children: Nella (daughter); Giulio (son)
Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance
through
Tilting the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Referenced in both.
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Date of Death: 1946 (short story)
Unrevealed (novel)
Cause of Death: Execution by firing squad
Laura Fermi (16 June 1907 - 26 December 1977) was the wife of Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi.

Born Laura Capon in Rome in 1907, she married Enrico Fermi in 1928. They had two children: a daughter, Nella, in 1931 and a son, Giulio (named after Enrico's older brother, who had died tragically in 1915), in 1936.

In 1938, the Fermis emigrated to the USA to escape the increasingly anti-Semitic politics of the Fascist government of Benito Mussolini. Laura was Jewish, though Enrico was not.

Laura Fermi in WorldwarEdit

At the time of the Race Invasion of Tosev 3, Laura Fermi was residing in New York City, while her husband worked on the American atomic bomb project at the University of Chicago during World War II.[1] When the Race's invasion forced everyone connected with the project to evacuate, Laura joined her husband in Chicago, and the whole lab Denver.[2]. During the trek, Laura was present for the wedding of Sam Yeager and Barbara Larssen[3]. She and Erico were also the first people to learn that Barbara's first husband, Jens, was still alive, and that Barbara was now pregnant with Sam Yeager's child.[4]

Laura Fermi in Joe SteeleEdit

Laura Fermi's Jewish heritage was enough to convince President Joe Steele that her husband, Enrico was part of the "Professors' Plot". Enrico was executed in 1946.

Literary CommentEdit

The Professors' Plot is unique to the short story. While Laura Fermi being Jewish is mentioned as being a possible factor in Enrico being executed, there is no suggestion that Laura was also killed in the novel.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. In the Balance, pg. 94.
  2. Tilting the Balance, Chs. 1-7, generally.
  3. Id., at pg. 88
  4. Id. at pg. 192-193.
  5. Joe Steele, pg. 392, HC.

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