Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini
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The day Mussolini was strung up in a Milan piazza

30 April 2014 Last updated at 01:08 BST

In April 1945, thousands of Italians crowded into a Milan square to see the body of Italy's wartime fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini.

He, his mistress and his close associates had been shot by partisans, and their corpses strung up by their feet for all to see.

Poet Franco Loi, who was in the crowd that day, recalls witnessing the dramatic scene.

Witness is a World Service radio programme of the stories of our times told by the people who were there.

Produced by Louise Hidalgo and Directed by Claire Tailyour