Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Visiting Fascist Sites in Europe-- Part 1: Rise of Mussolini and Hitler
From the August 19, 2018, Chicago Tribune "Visiting 20th-century fascist sites" by Rick Stevens.
"The sweeping impact of fascism in the 20th century can be felt to this day in the many monuments and memorials across Europe that remind us of those horrific years."
Fascism started in the post-World War I years when anger ruled and charismatic leaders rose to manipulate that anger. Both Benito Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany turned fringe movements into totalitarian fascist regimes.
Mussolini gained power first and met with success, pumping up the Italian economy, creating jobs and investing in infrastructure.