Mussolini's Last Letter Found! - FamousWhy
Famous People Famous Regions Famous Articles Famous Software FamousWhy Web Services Famous Forum Submit Content

Visits: 170
Votes: 0
Fame Riser
Fame Rank
Fame Riser
create pool



Ask a Question about Mussolini's Last Letter Found!

Famous Tags

shoes   women   clothing   un   politics   style   movies   president   history   secretary   men   writer   composer   fashion   actor   novelist   assasination   painter   musician   politician   design   comic   beauty   italy   adventure   story   diplomacy   health   fame   cancer   celebrities   communication   rock   boots   body   general  

All Tags


Mussolini's Last Letter Found!

 Q:   Ask a Question about Mussolini's Last Letter Found!       
The last note written by Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, just hours before he was shot by partisans, has come to light among the personal possessions of the widow of a resistance fighter, it was revealed yesterday.

The handwritten note, on lined paper and signed "Mussolini", had been known to historians, but disappeared several decades ago.

It was found recently in a cupboard in Milan, among other papers relating to the wartime resistance, after the death of Silvia Codognotto, the widow of a partisan fighter, Carlo Capece.

The message, folded four times and kept in a blue envelope, reads: "The 52nd Garibaldi Brigade captured me today, Friday April 27, in the piazza of Dongo. I was treated correctly during and after my capture. Mussolini." Handwriting experts said the hand was undoubtedly the dictator's although the slightly scrawled writing betrayed the tension and fatigue of the moment.

Mussolini was captured on April 27 1945 as he tried to escape to Switzerland disguised as a German soldier in German troops.

They were stopped by partisans, who insisted on searching all the vehicles before allowing the Germans to proceed. The resistance leaders ordered Mussolini to be shot, together with his long-time lover, Claretta Petacci.

Their bodies, along with those of other fascist leaders, were hung upside down in Piazza Loreto, the same Milan square where the Germans had exposed the bodies of 15 political prisoners executed the previous summer.

Controversy continues in Italy to this day over the precise circumstances surrounding Mussolini's death, and the fate of confidential documents he was believed to be carrying with him at the time.

The document attesting to his honorable treatment by the partisans has now been donated to the National Institute for the History of the Liberation Movement in Italy.

A spokesman for the institute said the 60-year-old document had been crudely restored with strips of tape and would need more professional conservation work before it could go on display.

The heirs of Mr Capece, who worked as an accountant after the war, said they had no idea that their grandfather had played a significant role during the resistance.

By FW Editor

Tags: italy, 1945, politics

Category: Others  - ( Others Archive)

Date Added: 05 March '10

Add a link to this page on any related website, blog or forum using this code :