ITALY: Only Sentimental Importance

Back in 1948, the year Czechoslovakia lost its freedom, some of Europe's intellectual Communists got cinders in their starry eyes, but Antonio Giolitti just blinked. To a friend troubled by Soviet tyranny he wrote: "Don't lose your spirit. Remember, liberty is not everything." Slim and younger looking than his 42 years, Antonio Giolitti bears one of Italy's biggest political names. His Liberal grandfather was five times Premier of pre-Mussolini Italy, and it is still remembered that "under Giolitti 100 lire in paper was worth 101 in gold." Young Antonio, brought up under Fascism,...

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