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Fascist Legacy: Italian War Crimes

Synopsis
Broadcast on BBC 2 from 1/11/89.
Investigates Mussolini’s policy of Italianisation in the Balkans, during which Italian forces murdered hundreds of thousands of civilians, and asks why there was never an Italian equivalent of the Nuremburg trials. In 2 parts: 1) A Promise Fulfilled: Reveals the atrocities committed in Italy’s colonies. Survivors testify to mass executions in Yugoslavia and the starving to death of thousands of Yugoslav citizens in italian concentration camps. Asks why, despite the Allies’ promises represented by Churchill in 1943, justice was never done; 2) A Pledge Betrayed: Shows how the answer lay not only in the general inadequacies of the Allied war crimes programme, but also in the political objectives behind British and American foregn policy. Records recently discovered give a tell how, for political and military reasons, the Allies preferred not only to support known Fascist war criminals in power, but to protect them from an international war crimes trial.
Series
Timewatch, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Year of production
1989
Availability
Out of distribution
Subjects
History; Politics & government
Keywords
Balkans; Fascism; Mussolini, Benito; war crimes; World War II; Yugoslavia

Credits

Director
Ken Kirby
Producer
Ken Kirby
Writer
Ken Kirby
Contributor
Michael Bryant

Sections

Title
Promise fulfilled, A

Title
Pledge betrayed, A

Production Company

Name

BBC Elstree

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning - now BBC Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Web
https://www.bbcstudioslearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 20 8433 1009
Address
BBC Studios Limited
Television Centre
101 Wood Lane
London
W12 7FA
UK
Notes
The BBC Active company has now been absorbed within BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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