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Former Italian Premier Berlusconi, speaking to reporters at a Holocaust commemoration, defends Hitler, praises Mussolini

 
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Former Italian Premier Berlusconi, speaking to reporters at a Holocaust commemoration, defends Hitler, praises Mussolini
Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi praised Benito Mussolini for "having done good" despite the Fascist dictator's anti-Jewish laws, immediately sparking expressions of outrage as Europe on Sunday held Holocaust remembrances.

Berlusconi also defended Mussolini for allying himself with Hitler, saying he likely reasoned that it would be better to be on the winning side.

The media mogul, whose conservative forces are polling second in voter surveys ahead of next month's election, spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony in Milan to commemorate the Holocaust.

In 1938, before the outbreak of World War II, Mussolini's regime passed the so-called "racial laws," barring Jews from Italy's universities and many professions, among other bans. When Germany's Nazi regime occupied Italy during the war, thousands from the tiny Italian Jewish community were deported to death camps.

"It is difficult now to put oneself in the shoes of who was making decisions back then," Berlusconi said of Mussolini's support for Hitler. "Certainly the (Italian) government then, fearing that German power would turn into a general victory, preferred to be allied with Hitler's Germany rather that oppose it."

Berlusconi added that "within this alliance came the imposition of the fight against, and extermination of, the Jews. Thus, the racial laws are the worst fault of Mussolini, who, in so many other aspects, did good."

More than 7,000 Jews were deported under Mussolini's regime, and nearly 6,000 of them were killed.

Reactions of outrage, along with a demand that Berlusconi be prosecuted for promoting Fascism, quickly followed his words.

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Re: Former Italian Premier Berlusconi, speaking to reporters at a Holocaust commemoration, defends Hitler, praises Mussolini
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Re: Former Italian Premier Berlusconi, speaking to reporters at a Holocaust commemoration, defends Hitler, praises Mussolini
Bump because I think it's funny.

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Re: Former Italian Premier Berlusconi, speaking to reporters at a Holocaust commemoration, defends Hitler, praises Mussolini
Bump because I think it's funny.

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Oh, yes. Berlusconi is a puppet Smiley
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Re: Former Italian Premier Berlusconi, speaking to reporters at a Holocaust commemoration, defends Hitler, praises Mussolini
lecherous dwarves are hilarious!
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Re: Former Italian Premier Berlusconi, speaking to reporters at a Holocaust commemoration, defends Hitler, praises Mussolini
lecherous dwarves are hilarious!
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Oh, yes [link to virtualblognews.altervista.org]
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Re: Former Italian Premier Berlusconi, speaking to reporters at a Holocaust commemoration, defends Hitler, praises Mussolini
More than 7,000 Jews were deported under Mussolini's regime, and nearly 6,000 of them were killed.
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