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Italy must face up to its fascist past – no amount of revisionism will erase its legacy of suffering

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

The return of Christian Masset, the French Ambassador in Italy on Friday 15 February has not been the end of Italian diplomatic crises.

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani and Italy’s deputy prime minister and minister of the interior, Matteo Salvini were accused by Slovenia of “historical revisionism” following last Sunday’s celebration in Basovizza, near the Slovenian border, during National Memorial Day of the Exiles and Foibe. Croatia also protested following the two Italian politicians’ speeches.

Tajani ended his by saying “Long live Italian Istria, long live Italian Dalmatia”, regions that are part of Slovenia and Croatia, while Salvini established a shocking comparison between the children who died in Auschwitz and the ones who died in Basovizza.

Foibe are deep natural sinkholes where, between 1943-1945, thousands of Italians living in Trieste, Gorizia and the Istrian peninsula were pushed to their deaths directly or after having been tortured and shot by Josip Broz Tito’s communist partisans.

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