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Today – Anniversary of Mussolini’s Execution – Italian Fascism, “Kinder and Gentler” than the Nazi Version? Ask an Ethiopian!

April 28, 2023

Mussolini and associates hung upside down after being executed. April 28, 1945

On this day in 1945, April 28, 1945:

After Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini had try to flee to the Swiss border, communist partisans captured him, his mistress and other fascist officials. Walter Audisio, known as Colonel Valerio, executed Mussolini. The others were also executed and the bodies were brought to Piazza Loreto in Milan, where Italians who had suffered under Mussolini’s fascist rule began to beat the corpses. The bodies of Mussolini, his mistress and other fascist officials were hung up on the metal framework of an unfinished Standard Oil petrol station for all to see. (Thank you “Going Underground” for posting elsewhere) 

In the same way as there is something of a Hitler revival among extreme right-wing yahoos here in the USA, a literal Nazi renaissance in Ukraine (underplayed by the Biden Administration and the mainstream media), and elsewhere, there have also been voices trying to sanitize Italian fascism as somehow being “kinder and gentler” than its German Nazi form. But that is little more than putting makeup on a corpse … as the saying goes.

Besides … just ask an Ethiopian for a quite different – and more accurate – impression of Mussolini and his ilk.

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