ITALY: The Red Devil

All over Europe. Communists have made great play with their claim of having been the greatest anti-fascist and resistance fighters of them all. Faced with evidence that they had murdered, betrayed or eliminated non- Communist leaders, Communists retort that their critics are trying to impugn the glory of the resistance, and, besides, it was wartime, spies were everywhere, and things were confused.

Nowhere has this defense been more effective than in Italy, where close to a dozen Deputies have been enjoying parliamentary immunity, for years untouched by allegations of wartime crimes. Most conspicuous of these was...