Book Presentation: My Fault by Margherita Grassini Sarfatti

Sep 20, 2014 785

Edited, Annotated and Commentary by Brian R. Sullivan, Yale University and U.S. Naval War College; with Dr. Ernest Ialongo, Hostos Community College, CUNY

In the summer of 1938 Mussolini's former adviser and lover, Margherita Sarfatti, first spoke of writing a highly revealing biography of the dictator. The Fascist regime had begun trumpeting vicious anti-Semitic propaganda and Sarfatti, herself of Jewish ethnicity, was issuing an implicit warning - if Mussolini allied with Hitler and adopted Nazi-like ideology, she would reveal the Duce's decades-long intimate partnership with a Jew. That November, just before Mussolini imposed harsh restrictions on Italy's Jews, Sarfatti escaped into Switzerland. She would spend the next nine years in exile where she would write her personal memoir of Mussolini.

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