German War Documents Project: The Italian Collection (Captured Italian records): Photocopies and Reports
Copies of Italian documents on foreign and internal affairs covering Benito Mussolini's time in power, which were filmed after falling into Allied hands at the end of the Second World War. The collection includes Mussolini's private papers which he took with him to Northern Italy in 1943, and diplomatic papers of Count Galeazzo Ciano, his son-in-law and Foreign Minister from 1936 to 1943.
Amongst the papers are private and official documents of Mussolini, Ciano and Graziani, and those of several Italian ministries and commissions, including Mussolini's Secretariat (Mussolini's private papers or 'Archivio Segreta'), and selected documents from the Italian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the Interior, Italian Africa, and Popular Culture.
The series also contains reports made by the Psychological Warfare Branch at the Allied Forces Headquarters in Rome in 1944-1945, and documents discovered in the German embassy in Rome.
Each group of files filmed was given a job or serial number. Each page was given a frame number, which in the prints or photocopies becomes a page number. The apparently missing job numbers (eg 55-100) belong to other material, not part of the Italian Collection, filmed in Rome at the same time.
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