While Germany systematically scrubbed clean any sign of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime after World War II, Italians took a much less rigorous approach to removing traces of their Mussolini’s 21-year dictatorship.
It lists famous landmarks, such as the obelisk in Rome marked in giant lettering with “Mussolini Dux” (Mussolini leader), as well as more obscure memorials up and down the country.
“It is a partial census … We know very well that it’s not complete, it’s very much a work in progress,” Igor Pizzirusso, a public history researcher and webmaster of the site, told Reuters.
The website will be expanded with submissions from the public, subject to verification by experts, Pizzirusso said, adding that about a dozen suggestions came in Tuesday after the website was publicized in La Repubblica newspaper.
Italy has a complicated relationship with its fascist past, now under greater scrutiny as Giorgia Meloni, a hard-right politician with a teenage past as a Mussolini fan, was sworn in as prime minister last month.
Nevertheless, the party and its right-wing allies in October went on to elect as speaker of the Senate Ignazio La Russa, a collector of Mussolini memorabilia who once said that the fascist one-armed salute was more hygienic than handshakes.