The last secret of Mussolini

by Vincenzo Di Michele

As years go by, new discoveries in many public archives are carried out by historians. This is the case for Vincenzo di Michele, which has been searching among several italian state archives to find any lesser known document (or unknown at all) buried under tons of dusty folders. It's a painful job, but sometimes it is highly rewarding.

Also, Di Michele has been actively searching survivors to the days of Mussolini being prisoner at Campo Imperatore in september, 1943. And he managed to talk to some of them and to write down their depositions.

The topic of the book is an old one: Mussolini, maybe too old to be regarded as a novelty, because seven decades have passed since then. But nowadays secrets of state have been removed, the tendency to forget those sad days has vanished, and a new light is given to the life and the history of Mussolini.

Di Michele points out the attitude of the italian "government of the south" (king Vittorio Emanuele and general Badoglio in particular) to play dirty at different tables.

Di Michele demonstrates that it was the very italian government being the real architect of the newborn RSI (Italian Social Republic). History needs to be rewritten: Badoglio allowed germans to rescue Mussolini and to procrastinate the end of WW2, building the premises for a long and painful civil war, for the german armed invasion through Brennero pass, and all subsequent atrocities committed by german soliders at the expenses of the civil population.

Di Michele's last book covers interesting and unheard aspects of that obscure lapse of time, back in 1943, and definitively adds to the true knowledge of the facts, despite official history seems already been completely written.

Alvise Valsecchi