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April the 25th

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Today is the 25th of April – and Italy celebrates the end of the Fascist regime and the end of the Nazi occupation of Italy.
On that day partisan and allied forces entered Turin, the city where my family had lived during the war years.


Today is a National Holiday, and it is the day I remember my grandfather, whose codename was “Il Povero” (“The Poor Man”) and that fought with the partisans for the liberation.
He had done his part because he believed it was the right thing to do, and he did not expect any compensation – but for his efforts he was awarded a small refund of a soldier’s pay, and was then downgraded from engineer to janitor when he got back to work for FIAT.
Apparently somebody did like the Nazis and the Fascists, after all.

Anyway, here’s for my grandfather and for his generation.
And for everybody else.
Let’s put the pressure on…

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

One thought on “April the 25th

  1. My grandpa was in the Army and came north with the Americans. His brother Antonio, nicknamed “Mario”, never saw the liberation, he had died a partisan at the end of January 1945.
    Here’s to them all, a day late because of lack of internet connection I suffered yesterday😉

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