98 years ago: the death of Cesare Battisti


It was 98 years ago. On July 12, 1916. After having faced a court-martial in his hometown Trento at the Castello del Buonconsiglio, Cesare Battisti was charged with high treason and sentenced to death by strangulation. Battisti requested a military execution by firing squad so as to not dishonor the Italian Army uniform, but the judge denied his request, and instead procured for him some shabby civilian clothes. Dressed in these, he was executed (hanged and garrotted) the same day. This picture shows him on his way to the place where he’ll be executed.

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Here’s the very same spot where the picture was taken, photographed some months ago. On the wall, you can see the black & white photograph taken in 1916.

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