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Italian 🇮🇹 king's reburial reopens 😢 old wounds





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The body of King Victor Emmanuel III has returned to Italy from Egypt, 70 years after he died there in exile.

But the royal reburial has brought back difficult memories for many and caused anger, as the BBC's Sofia Bettiza in Rome reports.
King Victor Emmanuel III was infamously nicknamed Sciaboletta, meaning "little sabre", because of his size: he was 1.53m (5ft) tall.
A special sword had to be forged for him, so it would not scrape the ground when he carried it.
His physical stature may have been small, but Victor Emmanuel's impact on Italian affairs certainly was not.
He is known in Italy as the king whose actions gave rise to the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini and the end of the monarchy.
Now, seven decades after his death, he is causing fresh controversy.
Victor Emmanuel died in exile in Egypt in 1947. He had fled Italy four years earlier, fearing arrest by the German army after declaring an armistice with the Allies during World War Two.
His remains were finally flown back to his homeland on Sunday, amid condemnation and outrage, particularly among Italy's Jewish community.
"This cannot fail to generate deep concern," said Noemi Di Segni, president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities.
"Victor Emmanuel III was an accomplice of the fascist regime, whose rise he never opposed."

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