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23 Feb 2017

A War Story: Italian Catholics and a Fascist Europe

by Matt Forster | Issue 121

In World War II, 97 percent of Italy’s population identified as Roman Catholic. Some joined Mussolini’s Fascist Party and enlisted to fight in the Italian Army, but some also risked imprisonment or death to protect Jews and supported the resistance. Most would have been people without much influence, men and women who went to Mass, prayed, worked, and did good deeds for their neighbors. Most of their stories will never be told.  

[Mussolini and Hitler, 1940—Wikimedia]

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