Mussolini’s Jewess

Margherita Grassini Sarfatti claimed she was to blame for fascism. It’s not so; not that she didn’t try.

Appeared in: Volume 10, Number 2 | Published on: October 11, 2014
Michael McDonald is a writer in Washington, DC. He is currently working on a biography of Curzio Malaparte.
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  • Sibir_RUS

    “The Russian Spirit”
    Monday, June 08, 1942
    The author writes: “Ярость сопротивления русских отражает новый русский дух, за которым стоит вновь обретенная промышленная и сельскохозяйственная мощь. Last June most democrats agreed with Adolf Hitler—within three months the Nazi armies would be in Moscow, and the Russian incident would be one with Norway, France and Greece. Even U.S. Communists shivered in their Russian boots, put less faith in Marshal Timoshenko, Voroshilov and Budenny than in Generals Winter, Mud and Slush. When the Germans bogged down, backsliding fellow travelers slid back, a statue to Lenin was unveiled in London, and nearly everybody sighed: The impossible has…”
    The purpose of the book by Maurice Hindus – show that the impossible was inevitable.,9171,790636,00.html

  • Sibir_RUS

    73 years ago began the Great Patriotic War and on the margins of Moscow suburbs the German army suffered its first major defeat in the WWII. The myth of the invincibility of the enemy was dispelled. May 9, 1945, after the Battle for Berlin, Germany signed the surrender.

  • Curious Mayhem

    Some lessons for all of us.

    While Mussolini formally knuckled under to Hitler’s demands to impose anit-semitic laws, most Italians ignored them. The Italian Jews were no serious danger until the fall of 1943, when Italy surrendered to Britain and the US, switching sides in effect. Germany then invaded Italy to stop the Allies from moving up the peninsula. Behind the German army came the SS, who began round-ups and deportations within a few months.

    A similar thing happened in Hungary, which concluded an armistice with Russia in the spring of 1944. The Germany army then invaded Hungary. While the Hungarian regime was anti-semitic, it refused to cooperate with the Holocaust while it was in power.

    (Not sure what’s going on with the Siberian comments below.)

    • Spurious Siberian spam deleted.

      • Sibir_RUS

        “We and our allies owe and acknowledge an everlasting debt of gratitude to the armies and people of the Soviet Union.” Frank Knox. Secretary of the Navy

        • sjmckee

          The debt was cancelled when the Soviets liberated no one but instead installed a similar totalitarianism on all they conquered.

          • Sibir_RUS

            Actually uncle Barack Obama did not participate in the liberation of Auschwitz.

      • Behind_You1

        Damir, I know this site is pretty lightly moderated, but that same Siberian posted a pretty nasty picture in one of Saturday’s posts.

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