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ROSSELLI, Carlo and Nello
Archive of Printed and Manuscript Materials Relating to the Assassination of Carlo and Nello Rosselli
[1934-66]. By 1938, the Rosselli brothers -- particularly the more politically active Carlo -- were among the most celebrated figures on the Italian Left. Both had spent time in fascist prisons; Carlo, living in self-imposed exile in France, had been the co-founder and editor of Italy's first antifascist newspaper, "Non Mollare" ["Don't Give In"]. He was also the founder and leader of Giustizia e Libertá, a liberal-socialist antifascist alliance that included among its members Ferruccio Parri and Sandro Pertini, two future Italian heads of state, as well as Carlo Levi, Camillo Berneri, and other prominent figures on the moderate left. Though generally anti-communist (or at least anti-Stalinist) in outlook, the members of Giustizia e Libertá were not hesitant to adopt mililtant methods to accomplish their goals, and Carlo Rosselli, in addition to having reputedly contracted for the assassination of Mussolini early in his career, fought bravely on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, successfully commanding a mixed column of socialist, anarchist, and communist volunteers at the Battle of Monte Pelato. Carlo's younger brother Nello, after his release from prison, returned to his family's villa near Florence and lived a quieter, but still politically committed life as an historian and journalist. In the summer of 1937, Nello obtained an exit visa to visit Carlo and his mother in Paris; on June 9th that year the brothers were waylaid on a country road near the resort town of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne. Their bodies were found two days later riddled with bullet-holes and stab wo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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