April 25th


by Eugenio Battaglia
April 25th in Italy is officially "the Day of the Liberation and of the End of War." I do not know what liberation this refers to, considering that a foreign army is still occupying Italy (even if officially allied with us), while the war ended on 2 May 1945 as per the surrender signed at Caserta (29 April 1945, but the negotiations by the Germans were ongoing for some time) by the Werhmacht, RSI, and Allied plenipotentiaries. On 24 April the Axis forces started leaving the towns and one day later the victors could enter. In September 1943 Italy betrayed Germany, and in April 1945 Germany betrayed the RSI.