"Porte aperte": la mafia, il fascismo e la polizia negli anni Trenta

Publication date: Mar 03, 2014 05:26 PM

Start: Mar 12, 2014 06:00 PM

Location: Italian Seminar Room (351), Third Floor, Foster Court, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE

Manoela Patti (University of Palermo)

In 1925 Mussolini sent Prefect Cesare Mori to Sicily to defeat the mafia. The outcome of the “Mori Operation” was a long series of trials, concluded around 1932, which the regime exploited to celebrate its power to defeat mafia and change Sicily. In reality, Mussolini and his prefect Mori did not defeat the mafia, as a serious deterioration of public order in the early 1930s made apparent. Consequently, Fascism launched a new anti-mafia campaign, conducted this time under a blanket of silence. This “second” repression was entrusted by the regime to the Ispettorato Generale di Pubblica Sicurezza per la Sicilia. The reports compiled by this body during its investigations demonstrate that in the 1930s there existed a mafia structure comparable to the one that emerged in the Maxi-trial of the 1980s.

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