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.


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.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s