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Hitler in springtime: the May 1938 cover of the magazine il Mattino Illustrato marks the dictator’s visit to Rome and welcome by Mussolini

Adolf Hitler observes at dinner, 21st July 1941. (From “Hitler’s Table Talk 1941-1944: His Private Conversations,” ed Hugh Trevor-Roper)

The magic of Florence and Rome, of Ravenna, Siena, Perugia! Tuscany and Umbria, how lovely they are! The smallest palazzo in Florence or Rome is worth more than all Windsor Castle. If the English destroy anything in Florence or Rome, it will be a crime. In Moscow, it wouldn’t do any harm; nor in Berlin, unfortunately.

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