Rachele Mussolini

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Rachele Mussolini
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Rachele Guidi

(1890-04-11)11 April 1890
Died30 October 1979(1979-10-30) (aged 89)
Forlì, Italy
Benito Mussolini
(m. 1915;d. 1945)

Rachele Mussolini (née Guidi; 11 April 1890 – 30 October 1979), also known (particularly in Italy) as Donna Rachele [1] (Italian for "Lady Rachael"), was the wife of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

Italians nation and ethnic group native to Italy

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Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republican Fascist Party

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Early life

Rachele Mussolini was born Rachele Guidi in Predappio, Romagna, Kingdom of Italy (Regno d'Italia). She was born into a peasant family and was the daughter of Agostino Guidi and wife Anna Lombardi. After the death of her father, her mother became the lover of the widowed Alessandro Mussolini.

Predappio Comune in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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Relationship, marriage and children

In 1910, Rachele Guidi moved in with Alessandro's son Benito Mussolini. In 1914, Mussolini married his first wife Ida Dalser. Though the records of this marriage were destroyed by Mussolini's government, an edict from the city of Milan ordering Mussolini to make maintenance payments to “his wife Ida Dalser” and their child was overlooked. [2] Shortly before his son Benito Albino Mussolini was born to Ida Dalser, Rachele Guidi and Benito Mussolini were married in a civil ceremony in Treviglio, Lombardy on 17 December 1915. In 1925, they renewed their vows in a religious service (after Mussolini's rise to power).

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Lifestyle during husband's regime

During the reign of Mussolini's Fascist regime, Rachele Mussolini was portrayed as the model Fascist housewife and mother. She remained loyal to Mussolini until the end. But, on 28 April 1945, she was not with Mussolini when he and his mistress, Claretta Petacci, were captured and executed by Italian partisans. Rachele Mussolini did try to flee from Italy after World War II but, in April 1945, she was arrested in Como, close to Switzerland by Italian partisans. She was turned over to the United States Army and kept on Ischia Island, but was released after several months.

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Clara Petacci mistress of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini

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Final years

In her later life, Rachele Mussolini ran a restaurant in her native village of Predappio, where she served pasta dishes. She eventually received a pension from the Italian Republic in 1975. It turned out that Mussolini had not received a salary from the state, and therefore she could not receive a pension. After her husband's execution, she begged to have his body for private burial, in vain.

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With Albert Zarca she wrote a biography of her husband, translated into English as Mussolini: An Intimate Biography. [3]

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  1. "Rachele Mussolini Dies, Fascist Dictator's Widow". Washington Post. 31 October 1979.
  2. Owen, Richard (13 January 2005). "Power-mad Mussolini sacrificed wife and son". The Times. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011.
  3. Mussolini, Rachele; Zarca, Albert (1974). Mussolini: an intimate biography. Morrow. ISBN   978-0-688-00266-4.