The Hero Whose Act of Defiance Against the Nazis Had Horrendous Reprisals
Rosario Bentivegna's fight against fascism led to the Ardeatine Caves Massacre
On an afternoon on 23rd March 1944, Rosario Bentivegna was walking through the streets of central Rome. He was wearing the blue outfit of a street sweep, pushing a garbage cart. As he walked past, no one noticed him; he was that inconspicuous.
When he reached Via Rasella, a one-way cobblestone street close to the Span…