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Berlusconi defends Mussolini for backing Hitler, draws outrage from political left

Berlusconi defends Mussolini for backing Hitler, draws outrage from political left

Berlusconi defends Mussolini for backing Hitler...

By James Mackenzie
ROME | Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:49pm EST

(Reuters) - Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi triggered outrage from Italy's political left on Sunday with comments defending fascist wartime leader Benito Mussolini at a ceremony commemorating victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

Speaking at the margins of the event in Milan, Berlusconi said Mussolini had been wrong to follow Nazi Germany's lead in passing anti-Jewish laws but that he had in other respects been a good leader.

"It's difficult now to put yourself in the shoes of people who were making decisions at that time," said Berlusconi, who is campaigning for next month's election at the head of a coalition that includes far-right politicians whose roots go back to Italy's old fascist party.

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