World: After 25 Years: Memory of Two Dictators

It was one of those incredible moments in history when everything seemed to be happening at once. Twenty-five years ago this week, as the war in Europe rolled toward its end, the rulers of two of the Axis powers died violently, scarcely 48 hours apart. Benito Mussolini perished on April 28, 1945, executed by a Communist partisan as he tried to flee Italy. Adolf Hitler died in Berlin on April 30, apparently by swallowing a cyanide capsule. On the double anniversary, TIME's Benjamin Cate in Bonn and James Bell in Rome examine the...

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