“Italian Fascism in Color” is refreshingly fair in dealing with its subject. Not all things Mussolini did were bad, as the film quickly points out. Indeed, Mussolini won praise all over the world for improving living standards for Italians and making peace between Italy and the Vatican. A strong case is made that the Fascists were not as repressive in Italy as were the Nazis in Germany and Communists in Russia. The film shows Mussolini’s downfall came when he grasped for more power. As dictator, he went unchecked and began making disastrous decisions regarding Italy’s economy and entering the war on the side of Hitler.
This autumn, the Albertina Museum in Vienna is paying homage to Raphael with a major presentation of 150 paintings and drawings that has been developed in cooperation with the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. Starting from the Albertina’s own significant holdings and rounded out by the most beautiful and important drawings from prominent museums such as the Uffizi, the Royal Collection of the British Royal Family, the British Museum, the Louvre, the Vatican Museums, and the Ashmolean Museum, this monographic presentation places Raphael’s thinking and mode of conception front and centre: the featured works range from initial spontaneous artist’s impressions to virtuosic detailed studies and compositional studies and on to completed paintings.
His other books include ''Survival in Auschwitz,'' the first volume of his autobiographical trilogy; ''The Reawakening,'' the second volume; ''Moments of Reprieve,'' a series of sketches of the author's acquaintances from the camps, and, most recently, ''The Damned and the Saved.'' He also wrote works of fiction, some of it under the pseudonym Damiano Malabaila.