Monday, December 23, 2013

Dec

23

1943

Galeazzo Ciano’s last reflections before execution

From left Goring, Ciano, Hitler and Mussolini in 1938.

There was no reason whatever, in my opinion, for us to be bound in life and death to the destiny of Nazi Germany. Instead, I favored a policy of collaboration, because given our geographic position we can and must detest the 80 million Germans, brutally set in the heart of Europe, but we cannot ignore them. The decision to enter the alliance was taken by Mussolini, suddenly, while I was in Milan with von Ribbentrop.