Tag Archives: Mussolini

An Honor Guard for Haile Selassie

“Toritto” in Ethiopia at 23 – looking maybe 17!  Once upon a time Toritto was a soldier; he spent four years of his life defending the nation against the evil empire.  He married his prom date some 5 weeks after … Continue reading

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For May Day – In Memory of Guido Picelli

Guido Pacelli – Leader of the Resistance to Fascism Guido Picelli was the leader of the last armed resistance to Italian Fascism, rousing the working men and women of Parma to defeat some 20,000 Fascists in pitched battles fought in … Continue reading

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Laughing at Mussolini

 A Re-Post from 2014    A young Benito Mussolini It’s easy to laugh at Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini today. We see him in those old black and whites. Kind of fat. Bald. Overly dramatic and theatrical.  Silly. Chin thrust out. … Continue reading

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You Can Blame the Italians

Ask any moderately intelligent person to name the bane of the 20th century and nine out of ten will probably answer “Adolph Hitler”.  A few might answer Joe Stalin or Chairman Mao but Hitler is the lens through which we … Continue reading

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The Introduction

“Comrade Balabanoff! There is someone here I would like you to meet!” Angelica turned around to face the voice. It was Franco, one of her colleagues on the Central Committee of the Italian Socialist Party. “Good evening! How are you!” … Continue reading

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The “Red Years” and the Murder of Matteotti

A re-post from a year and a half ago Giacomo Matteotti Italy was at war – the First World War. By 1918 Italy had been at war for more than three  grueling years.  By the end of the war, Italy would … Continue reading

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Dancing to Perfidia

The Hotel Torino – Massawa, Eritrea built by the Fascists when Eritrea was an Italian colony.  In 1960 it had a roof top bar; 20 year old Toritto spent two years in Eritrea and had many a drink on the … Continue reading

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Laughing at Mussolini

 Originally published in 2011    A young Benito Mussolini It’s easy to laugh at Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini today. We see him in those old black and whites. Kind of fat. Bald. Overly dramatic and theatrical.  Silly. Chin thrust out. … Continue reading

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The “John the Baptist” of Fascism

Italians in Fiume cheering D’Annunzio in September 1919 . There murmur swarming through my drowsy head In this vast furnace of a summer day Relentless verses clamoring to be said, As beetles round a putrid carcass play. One doesn’t often … Continue reading

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Armed Resistance to Fascism – 1922

Guido Picelli – Leader of the Resistence The workers of Parma were socialists to the core; among them a sprinkling of anarchists, syndacalists, communists and the left wing Catholic Workers Party. In 1922 Fascism was delivering the counter-revolution, after two … Continue reading

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