Mussolini’s daughter’s affair with communist revealed in love letters

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An illicit love affair between the daughter of Benito Mussolini, the former fascist dictator, and a prominent communist partisan has been revealed after 36 love letters chronicling the affair were made public.

The secret correspondence, discovered on the Italian island of Lipari, has inspired Marcello Sorgi’s new book: “Edda Ciano and the Communist. The unspeakable passion of the Duce’s Daughter”.

The letters, dated from September 1945 to April 1947, chart the affair between Mussolini’s eldest child and Leonida Bongiorno, a regional communist leader and son of an influential anti-fascist.

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