Google Will Post 30,000 Mussolini Videos

By Haaretz

Published July 09, 2012.

Google signed an agreement with the Italian government under which it will post 30,000 videos of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, the Guardian reported.

The search engine giant is dedicating a YouTube to Italian history, featuring about a third of the video collection of Italy’s Istituto Luce-Cinecittà as a part of its effort to digitalize world history and culture.

The Istituto Luce was established in 1924 and quickly became a propaganda tool in the hands of Mussolini. The channel also includes newsreels by Settimana Incom from 1946 to 1964.

“Italy’s historic memory is now available to all through the world’s most viewed online video channel,” the Guardian quoted Rodrigo Cipriani Foresio, president of the Institute was as saying.

The director of the Istituto Luce, Edoardo Ceccuti, told the Guardian that his favorite Mussolini newsreel featured the dictator being hailed in Italy as a peacemaker, much to his annoyance, after a congress in Berlin in 1938.

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