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Marino de Bona

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Marino de Bona , was a Croatian World War II survivor. His father was an ethnic Italian and a member of the Bona family (old Ragusan noble family), his mother was a Croatian from Dubrovnik. De Bona studied medicine at the University of Zagreb, but was forced to end his studies shortly before graduating, due to the Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia. He moved to Italy and worked at the Hospital of Triani. A year later, de Bona led a wave of Croatian immigrants to the Peruvian capital of Lima aboard the General Black. He was affectionally nicknamed "Nono" (Venetian for "grandfather") by his followers and helped establish the flourishing Croatian-Peruvian community of Miraflores, Lima.

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