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The bad German and the good Italian

Removing the guilt of the Second World War

By Filippo Focardi

Translated by Dr Paul Barnaby

The bad German and the good Italian
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  • Price: £85.00
  • ISBN: 9781526157133
  • Publish Date: Aug 2023
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781526157126
  • Publish Date: Aug 2023
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    In the Axis War on the side of Germany, Mussolini's Italy was responsible for serious war crimes, especially in Yugoslavia and Greece. This 'dark side' of the fascist war, however, is not present in the national memory built after 1945. To distinguish Italy from the former German ally and avoid a punitive peace, the monarchist and anti-fascist ruling classes elaborated a master narrative that highlighted the opposition of the Italian people to Mussolini's war and the humanitarian behavior of Italian soldiers, depicted as saviors of Jews. All responsibility for the crimes committed in the Axis war was placed on the shoulders of the Germans, who thus became a convenient alibi for the national conscience.

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