World: A Death in the Family

The insistence of Aldo Moro's wife and children on a private funeral was understandable: the more the Christian Democrats refused to bargain for Moro's life, the deeper became Eleonora Moro's bitterness. But the privacy request would have been typical of the Moros under any circumstances "Their main characteristic," said a family friend, "is a reserve that is almost pathological."

Throughout his 32-year political career and his longer (33 years) marriage. Moro's private life was carefully separated from his work. "In public life, you can consider my husband a bachelor or a widower." Signora Moro once answered a request...

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