Sunday, August 28, 2016
ADSS 1.187 Italian Embassy to Holy See to Secretary of State: Mussolini has tried to avoid war
ADSS 1.187 Italian Embassy to Holy See, to Secretary of State.
Reference: AES 6140/39
Location and date: 05.09.1939
Summary statement: Mussolini has done everything possible to avoid war and will try to hasten its end.
His Holiness knows that the Duce has done everything possible to avoid the outbreak of this conflict.
In the present circumstances, the Duce will take every opportunity to try and bring about an end to hostilities and bring peace with justice. (1)
(1) Bonifacio Pignatti (1877-1957), Italian Ambassador to the Holy See 1935-39. This notes takes up Ciano’s message to Pignatti. See DDI, Series 9, Volume 1, n6.