Tutti potenziali bersagli

It wasn’t Peter after all, but Ruth who solved the riddle for me. Her photos don’t show, unfortunately, but now we know what those sculptures are all about.

Thank you, Ruth.

My Life: Part Two

I was in the vicinity of Piazzale Ostiense this week and I thought I’d stop off and take a photo for you, Gentle Reader.  It’s a fairly boring piazza in front of the Roma-Ostia train station but there’s a cool monument there called tutti potenziali bersagli (all potential targets), which was mounted on the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Italy. On April 25, 1945, Mussolini’s puppet government in northern Italy fell, as Italian partisans declared a general uprising and American forces seized Turin and Milan. Two days later, Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were captured in the village of Dongo (best village name ever!) while trying to flee to Switzerland. They were shot by a firing squad along with 16 Fascist associates. Six of them, including Mussolini and Petacci, were dumped in the Piazza Quindici Martiri (formerly Piazzale Loreto, the piazza had recently been renamed to honor the 15 anti-Fascists recently executed…

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9 responses to “Tutti potenziali bersagli

  1. So interesting – what a great read. I think it’s easy for people to start to forget all this WWII history and its horrors as more times go by. Sad to hear about the place though, with the so-called flea market. Thanks for sharing this.


  2. Ruth’s blog is great and her post on this particular sculpture is especially wonderful.

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  3. I haven’t seen you in a month of Sunday’s today is old friends I declare it early this Moring
    Bye Bye Sheldon


  4. Thank you for sharing this, Yvonne.


  5. Very enlightening post. Thanks.

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  6. Absolutely fascinating story. I would never have dated that sculpture back to those events. I remember seeing a movie about the last days of Mussolini but can’t remember the title. It was the first time I learned what happened.

    My father, who I only met when I was an adult, did make reference to me about his life when Italy switched allegiance circa 1943. I can vaguely tie it in with what Ruth has to say.

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    • Oh, the Italian soldiers who were caught by the armistice with the Allies certainly suffered. I had not gone past those sculptures before, and wondered how I would ever find out their meaning. Yay for blogging and nice people who share information.

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  7. Thank you Yvonne. It is so sad that we need to have artists reminding us of the horror that is war.

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