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Clara Petacci, known as Claretta Petacci ( Italian pronunciation: ; 28 February 1912 – 28 April 1945) was the [klaˈretta peˈtattʃi] mistress of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and was executed with him by partisans.
Relationship with Mussolini [ edit ]
Petacci had a long-standing relationship with Mussolini while he was married to
Rachele Mussolini. Mussolini was twenty-eight years Petacci's senior. [1 ]
Part of their correspondence is still the subject of a dispute with the National Archives, based on privacy.
On 27 April 1945, Mussolini and Petacci were captured by
Communist partisans while traveling with a convoy of Italian Social Republic members. [3 ]
On 28 April, she and Mussolini were taken to
Mezzegra and shot. On the following day, 29 April, Mussolini's and Petacci's bodies were taken to the Piazzale Loreto in Milan and hung upside down in front of a petrol station. The bodies were photographed as a crowd vented their rage upon them. [4 ]
Clara Petacci's sister was actress
Miriam di San Servolo (31 May 1923 – 24 May 1991), also known as Miriam Petacci or Miriam Day. Clara Petacci's brother, Marcello Petacci, was captured with Mussolini and Petacci. But, rather than being executed in
Dongo, he was shot while trying to escape.
In popular culture [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ (Spanish) Giuseppina Persichetti, La enamorada de Mussolini, Madrid, Ediciones Caballero Audaz, 1947.
^ (Italian) . Giampiero Buonomo, , in Diritto e giustizia, 16 luglio 2005 Quel carteggio tra Mussolini e la Petacci. Storici sacrificati sull’altare della privacy
^ Gunther Langes, Auf Wiedersehen Claretta. Il diario dell'uomo che poteva salvare Mussolini e la Petacci, a cura di Nico Pirozzi, Villaricca, Edizioni Cento Autori, 2012. ISBN 978-88-97121-37-4.
^ "Death of the Father-Mussolini & Fascist Italy: the 'infamous' exhibit". Cornell Institute for Digital Collections. 1999.
Further reading [ edit ]
Mussolini: A New Life (Phoenix Press, London, 2003) ISBN 1-84212-123-5 Luciano Garibaldi,
Mussolini: The Secrets of His Death (Enigma Books, New York, 2004) ISBN 1-929631-23-5 Ray Moseley,
Mussolini: The Last 600 Days of (Taylor Trade Publishing, Dallas, 2004) Il Duce ISBN 1-58979-095-2 Rudolph S. Daldin "The Last Centurion" Volumes I&II