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The Addis Ababa Massacre: Italy's National Shame

Ian Campbell


On Friday 19th February 1937, following an abortive attack by a handful of insurgents on Mussolini's High Command in the Italian-occupied nation state of Ethiopia, 'repression squads' of armed Blackshirts and Fascist civilians were unleashed on the defenseless residents of the capital city Addis Ababa. In three terror-filled days and nights of arson, murder and looting, thousands of innocent and unsuspecting men, women and children were roasted alive, shot, bludgeoned, stabbed to death, or blown to pieces with hand-grenades. The incident is popularly known as Yekatit 12, the date concerned in ... More

Keywords: Fascism, Mussolini, Ethiopia, Abyssinia, war crimes, Rodolfo Graziani, genocide, atrocities, Haile Selassie, Yekatit 12

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190674724
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190674724.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Campbell, author