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Christ! What a better place to defend Mussolini’s and the Vatican’s Holocaust cooperation than to have a piece of bent pasta like Berlusconi defend government sponsored genocide at a Holocaust Memorial Event!
Protecting the Vatican’s collusion in WWII with Mussolini is in line and goose step with the former Italian Prime Minister’s attempt to protect the German pope’s current revisionist world view of the Holocaust via the fast track sainthood campaign for Pius XII.
"Obviously the government of that time, out of fear that German power might lead to complete victory, preferred to ally itself with Hitler's Germany rather than opposing it," he said. "As part of this alliance, there were impositions, including combating and exterminating Jews. The racial laws were the worst fault of Mussolini as a leader, who in so many other ways did well."
In 1938, Mussolini passed laws barring Jews from academia and many professions. After 1943, when Germany occupied parts of the country, more than 7,000 Jews were deported to Nazi concentration camps, with many perishing at Auschwitz.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said Saturday that Germany had an "everlasting responsibility" for Nazi crimes, but Berlusconi said Italy "did not have the same responsibility," adding that the country's collusion in the Holocaust was initially "partly unwitting."