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Aldo Romeo Luigi Moro (Italian pronunciation: [ˈaldo ˈmɔːro]; 23 September 1916 – 9 May 1978) was an Italian statesman and a prominent member of the Christian Democracy party. He served as 38th Prime Minister of Italy, from 1963 to 1968, and then from 1974 to 1976. He was one of Italy's longest-serving post-war Prime Ministers, holding power for a combined total of more than six years; due to his accommodation with the Communist leader Enrico Berlinguer, known as Historic Compromise, Moro is widely considered one of the most prominent fathers of the Italian centre-left and one of the greatest and most popular leaders in the history of the Italian Republic. Moro was considered an intellectual and a patient mediator, especially in the internal life of his party. He was kidnapped on 16 March 1978 by the Red Brigades
Red Brigades
and killed after 55 days of captivity.


1 Early life 2 Early political career 3 In government 4 First term as Prime Minister

4.1 Social reforms 4.2 Vajont Dam
Vajont Dam
disaster 4.3 Coalition crisis 4.4 Saragat's election 4.5 Resignation

5 Minister of Foreign Affairs 6 Second term as Prime Minister

6.1 Historic compromise

7 Kidnapping and death

7.1 Negotiations 7.2 Captivity letters 7.3 Murder 7.4 Antonio Negri's 1979 arrest and release 7.5 Alternative points of view about Moro's death 7.6 Possible beatification

8 Cinematic adaptations 9 References 10 Further reading

10.1 Primary sources

11 External links

Early life[edit] Aldo Moro
Aldo Moro
was born in 1916 in Maglie, near Lecce, in the Apulia region, into a family from Ugento. His father was a school inspector, while his mother was a teacher. At age of 4, he moved with his family to Milan, but they soon moved back to Apulia, where he gained a classical high school degree at Archita lyceum in Taranto. Until 1939, he studied Law at the University
of Bari, an institution where he was later to hold the post of ordinary professor (an equivalent to a tenured, full professor in the U.S. academic system) of Philosophy of Law and Colonial Policy (1941) and of Criminal Law
Criminal Law
(1942). In 1935, he joined the Italian Catholic Federation of University Students (Federazione Universitaria Cattolica Italiana, FUCI) of Bari. In 1939, under approval of Giovanni Battista Montini
Giovanni Battista Montini
whom he had befriended, Moro was chosen as president of the association; he kept the post till 1942 when he was forced to fight in the World War II
World War II
and was succeeded by Giulio Andreotti, who at the time was a law student from Rome. During his university years, Italy
was ruled by the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini, and Moro took part in students competitions known as Lictors of Culture and Art organised by local fascist students' organisation, the University
Fascist Groups.[1] In 1943, along with other Catholic students, he founded the periodical La Rassegna, which was published until 1945.[2] In July 1943, Moro contributed, along with Mario Ferrari Aggradi, Paolo Emilio Taviani, Guido Gonella, Giuseppe Capograssi, Ferruccio Pergolesi, Vittore Branca, Giorgio La Pira, Giuseppe Medici
Giuseppe Medici
and Andreotti, to the creation of the Code of Camaldoli, a document planning of economic policy drawn up by members of the Italian Catholic forces. The Code served as inspiration and guideline for economic policy of the future Christian Democrats.[3][4] In 1945, he married Eleonora Chiavarelli (1915–2010), with whom he had four children: Maria Fida (born 1946), Agnese (1952), Anna, and Giovanni (1958). In 1963 Moro was transferred to La Sapienza University
of Rome, as a professor of the Institutions of Law and Criminal Procedure. Early political career[edit] Aldo Moro
Aldo Moro
developed his interest in politics between 1943 and 1945. Initially, he seemed to be very interested in the social-democratic component of the Italian Socialist Party, but then he started cooperating with other Christian democratic politician in opposition to the fascist regime. During this years he met Alcide De Gasperi, Mario Scelba, Giovanni Gronchi
Giovanni Gronchi
and Amintore Fanfani. On 19 March 1943 the group reunited in the house of Giuseppe Spataro officially formed the Christian Democracy (DC).[5] In the DC, he joined the left-wing faction led by Giuseppe Dossetti. In 1945 he became director of the magazine Studium and president of the Graduated Movement of the Catholic Action, a widespread Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
lay association. In 1946, he was nominated vice-president of the Christian Democracy and elected member of the Constitutional Assembly, where he took part in the work to redact the Italian Constitution.[6] In 1948 he was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies
Italian Chamber of Deputies
and nominated vice-minister of Foreign Affairs in the De Gasperi V Cabinet, from 23 May 1948 to 27 January 1950.[7] After Dossetti's retirement in 1952, Moro founded, along with Antonio Segni, Emilio Colombo
Emilio Colombo
and Mariano Rumor, the Democratic Initiative faction, led by his old friend Fanfani.[8] In government[edit] In 1953, Moro was re-elected to the Chamber of Deputies, where he held the position of chairman of the DC parliamentary group. In 1955 was appointed as Minister of Grace and Justice in the cabinet led by Antonio Segni. In the following year he resulted among the most voted during the party's congress. In May 1957 he was appointed Italian Minister of Education in the government of Adone Zoli and was confirmed by Fanfani in June 1958. He remained in office until February 1959, and during his tenure he introduced the study of civic education in schools.[9][10][11] In March 1959, after Fanfani's resignation as Prime Minister a new congress was called. The leaders of the Democratic Initiative faction reunited themselves in the convent of Dorothea of Caesarea, where they abandoned the leftist policies promoted by Fanfani and founded the Dorotei (Dorotheans) faction. In the party's National Council, Moro was elected Secretary of DC and was then confirmed in the October's congress held in Florence.[12] After the government led by Fernando Tambroni in 1960, supported by the decisive votes of the neo-fascist Italian Social Movement, the renovated alliance between Moro as secretary and Fanfani as Prime Minister, led the subsequent National Congress, held in Naples
in 1962 to approve with a large majority a line of collaboration with the Italian Socialist Party. The 1963 general election was characterized by a lack of consensus for the DC; in fact the election fell after the launch of the centre-left formula by the Christian Democracy, a coalition based upon the alliance with the Socialists which had left its alignment with the Soviet Union. Some rightist electors abandoned the DC for the Italian Liberal Party, which was asking for a centre-right government and received votes also from the quarrelsome monarchist area. Moro refused the office of Prime Minister, preferring to provisionally maintain his more influent post at the head of the party: this fact confirmed the transformation of Italian political system into a particracy, the secretaries of the parties having become more powerful than the Parliament and the Government.[13] However the Christian Democrats decided to replace incumbent Premier Amintore Fanfani
Amintore Fanfani
with a provisional administration led by impartial Speaker of the House, Giovanni Leone; but, when the congress of the PSI in autumn authorized a full engagement of the party into the government, Leone resigned and Moro became the new Prime Minister. First term as Prime Minister[edit]

Moro speaks to the Chamber of Deputies, 1963.

Aldo Moro's government was unevenly supported by the DC, but also by the Italian Socialist Party, along with the minor Italian Republican Party and Italian Democratic Socialist Party. The coalition was also known as Organic Centre-left and was characterized by consociationalist and social corporatist tendencies.[14] Social reforms[edit] During Moro's premiership, a wide range of social reforms were carried out. The 1967 Bridge Law (Legge Ponte) introduced urgent housing provisions as part of an envisioned reform of the entire sector, such as the introduction of minimum standards for housing and environment. A law promulgated on 14 December 1963 introduced an annual allowance for university students with income below a given level. Another law, promulgated on 10 March 1968, introduced voluntary public pre-elementary education for children aged three to five years. A law promulgated on 21 July 1965 introduced new pension provisions under the general scheme. Moreover the legal minima was raised, all current pensions were revalued, seniority pensions were introduced (after 35 years of contributions workers could retire even before attaining pensionable age), and within the Social Security National Institute (INPS), a Social Fund (Fondo Sociale) was established, ensuring to all members pensioners a basic uniform pension largely financed by state, known as the social pension (not related to the later social pension introduced in 1968). A law of 22 July 1966 extended pension insurance to small traders, while law of 22 July 1966 extended health insurance to retired traders, and a law of 29 May 1967 extended compulsory health insurance to retired farmers, tenant farmers, and sharecroppers, and extended health insurance to the unemployed in receipt of unemployment benefits. A law approved on 18 March 1968 introduced the principle of earnings-related pensions within the general scheme, with the pension formula to equal 1.626% of average earnings in the last 3 years of work multiplied by the number of contribution years (maximum pension: 65% of previous earnings) up to 40. A law of 5 November 1968 extended family allowances to the unemployed in receipt of unemployment benefits.[15] Vajont Dam
Vajont Dam
disaster[edit] On 9 October 1963, during initial filling, a massive landslide caused a man-made megatsunami in the lake of the Vajont Dam
Vajont Dam
in which 50 million cubic metres of water overtopped the dam in a wave 250 metres (820 ft) high, leading to the complete destruction of several villages and towns, and 1,910 deaths. This event occurred when the company and the Italian government
Italian government
dismissed evidence and concealed reports describing the geological instability of Monte Toc
Monte Toc
on the southern side of the basin, and other early warning signs reported prior to the disaster. Estimates of the dead range from 1,900 to 2,500 people, and about 350 families lost all members. Numerous warnings, signs of danger, and negative appraisals had been disregarded, and the eventual attempt to safely control the landslide into the lake by lowering its level came when the landslide was almost imminent and was too late to prevent it. Although the dam itself remained almost intact, and two thirds of the water was retained behind it, the landslide was much larger than expected and the impact brought massive flooding and destruction to the Piave valley below. After the tragedy, Moro immediately dismissed the administrative officials who had supervised the construction of the dam. Coalition crisis[edit]

Aldo Moro
Aldo Moro
with the Socialist leader Pietro Nenni.

On 25 June 1964, the government was beaten on the budget law for the Italian Ministry of Education
Italian Ministry of Education
concerning the financing of private education, and on the same day Moro resigned. The rightist Christian Democratic President of Italy, Antonio Segni, during the presidential consultations for the formation of a new cabinet, asked the socialist leader Pietro Nenni
Pietro Nenni
to exit from the government majority.[16] On July 16, Segni sent the Carabinieri
general, Giovanni De Lorenzo, to a meeting of representatives of the DC, to deliver a message that, according to some historians, it referred to the availability of the president, if the negotiations for the formation of a the new center-left government had failed, to confer a subsequent mandate to the President of the Senate Cesare Merzagora, for the formation of a "president's government", composed by all the conservative forces in the Parliament.[17][18] Moro, on the other hand, managed to put back a centre-left majority and, on July 17, went to the Quirinale, with the acceptance of the assignment and the list of ministers of his second government. During the negotiations, Nenni had accepted the downsizing of his reform programs. Saragat's election[edit] On 6 December 1964, President Segni resigned because of a thrombosis. In the presidential election of December, Moro and his majority tried to elected a leftist as President. On the twenty-first round of voting, the leader of Italian Democratic Socialist Party
Italian Democratic Socialist Party
and former President of the Constituent Assembly Giuseppe Saragat
Giuseppe Saragat
was elected President with 646 votes out of 963. Saragat was the first left-wing politician to become President of the Republic.[19][20] Resignation[edit] The centre-left coalition, the first one for the Italian post-war political panorama, stayed in power until the 1968 general elections, despite the strong opposition of Segni and other rightist Christian Democrats. His third cabinet (1966–68) stayed in power for 833 days, a record for Italy's so-called "First Republic". Minister of Foreign Affairs[edit] In the 1968 DC's congress, Moro yielded the Secretariat and passed to internal opposition. On 5 August 1969, he was appointed Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs by Prime Minister Mariano Rumor; he also held this office under the premierships of Emilio Colombo
Emilio Colombo
and Giulio Andreotti.[21] During his ministry, he continued the pro-Arab policy of his predecessor Fanfani. Moro forced Yasser Arafat
Yasser Arafat
to promise not to carry out terrorist attacks in Italian territory, with a commitment that was named "Moro pact".[22][23] The existence of this pact and its validity was confirmed by Bassam Abu Sharif, a long-time leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Interviewed by the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera
Corriere della Sera
he confirmed the existence of an agreement with the Popular Front thanks to whom, the PFLP could "transport weapons and explosives, guaranteeing immunity from attacks in return". Abu Sharif also declared:" I personally followed the negotiations for the agreement. Aldo Moro
Aldo Moro
was a great man, a true patriot, who wanted to save Italy
some headaches, but I never met him. We discussed the details with an admiral and agents of the Italian secret service. The agreement was defined and since then we have always respected it; we were allowed to organize small transits, passages, purely Palestinian operations, without involving Italians. After the deal, every time I came to Rome, two cars were waiting for me to protect myself. For our part, we also guaranteed to avoid embarrassment to your country, that is attacks which started directly from the Italian soil."[24] This version was confirmed also by former President of Italy
President of Italy
Francesco Cossiga, who stated that Moro was the real and only creator of the pact.[25][26] Moro also had to cope with the difficult situation which erupted following the coup of Muammar Gaddafi
Muammar Gaddafi
in Libya, a very important country for Italian interests not only for colonial ties, but also for its energy resources and the presence of about 20 thousand Italians. In the 1971 presidential election, after the fall of Fanfani's candidacy, the DC left-wing proposed Moro as new President; however the moderate conservative Christian Democrats Giovanni Leone
Giovanni Leone
narrowly won the election. Second term as Prime Minister[edit] From 1974 to 1976, he re-gained the post of Prime Minister, and concluded the Osimo Treaty
Osimo Treaty
with Yugoslavia, defining the official partition of the Free Territory of Trieste. In 1976 he was elected President of the DC National Council. A law of 9 June 1975 increased the number of eligible occupational diseases and extended the duration of benefits. A law of 3 June 1975 introduced various benefit improvements for pensioners. The multiplying coefficient was raised to 2% and applied to average earnings of the best 3 years in the last 10 years of work, and automatic annual adjustment of minimum pensions to increase of the minimum contractual wage in the industrial sector (with a smaller adjustment made for pensions higher than the minima). A law of 27 December 1975 introduced ad hoc upgrading of cash benefits for certain diseases and of all flat-rate allowances. A law of 14 July 1967 extended family allowances to self-employed farmers, sharecroppers, and tenant farmers. On 29 April 1976, pension linkage to the industrial wage was extended to civil servants.[15] Historic compromise[edit] Main article: Historic compromise Moro was considered a very tenacious mediator, particularly skilled in coordinating the different internal trends of DC. At the beginning of the 1960s, Moro was one of the most convinced supporters of an alliance between the DC and the Italian Socialist Party, in order to widen the majority and integrate the socialists in the government system. In the 1963 party congress in Naples, he was able to convince the whole party directive of the strategy. The same happened in 1978, when he supported a "national solidarity" government with the backing of the Italian Communist Party. Moro's main aim was to widen the democratic base of the government: the cabinets should have been able to represent a bigger number of voters and parties. He thought of the DC as the fulcrum of a coalition system, on the principles of consociative democracy. Moro faced big challenges, especially, the necessity to conciliate the Christian and popular mission of the Democrazia Cristiana with the rising laicist and liberal values of the Italian society in the 1960s, and the necessity to integrate new important social groups (youth, women, workers) in the democratic system. DC's mission, in Moro's vision, was intended to recover the popular class that supported Fascism
and ferry them in the democratic system. The contradiction of Moro's political stance was in trying to reconcile the extreme mobility of social transformations with the continuity of the institutions of representative democracy, and the integration of the masses in the State, without falling into autocracy.[27]

Aldo Moro
Aldo Moro
in 1978

Following the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Italian Socialist Party had taken a definitive distance from the Italian Communist Party, and Pietro Nenni
Pietro Nenni
had collaborated with the DC in the early 1960s. After the rise of the Italian Communist Party
Italian Communist Party
of Enrico Berlinguer at the 1976 general elections, when the Communists scored 34,4% of the votes, Moro conceived the idea of a "national solidarity" cabinet, whose parliamentary base should include the Italian Communist Party as well. Moro's idea was openly criticised, as such an "Historic Compromise" would have involved an Italian Communist Party
Italian Communist Party
which was still under direct influence from Moscow. Berlinguer openly defused the proposition.[citation needed] In 1976–1977, Berlinguer's Italian Communist Party
Italian Communist Party
broke with Moscow, and convened with the Spanish and French parties to draw the lines of Eurocommunism. Such a move made an eventual collaboration more acceptable for DC voters, and the two parties began an intense parliamentary debate, in a moment of deep social crises. In 1977, Moro was personally involved in international disputes. He strongly defended Mariano Rumor
Mariano Rumor
during the parliamentary debate on the Lockheed scandal, and some in the press reported that he might have been "Antelope Cobbler", an alleged bribe recipient. The accusation, aimed at politically destroying Moro and avoiding the risk of a "Historic Compromise" cabinet, failed when Moro was cleared on March 3, 1978, 13 days before his kidnapping.[28] The early-1978 proposition by Moro of a Christian Democracy-Italian Socialist Party cabinet supported also by the Italian Communist Party was strongly opposed by both super-powers. The United States feared that the collaboration of an Italian government
Italian government
with the Communists might have allowed these later to gain information on strategic NATO military plans and installations, and pass them to Soviet agents. Moreover, the participation in government of the Communists in a Western country would have represented a cultural failure for the USA. The Soviets considered potential participation by the Italian Communist Party in a cabinet a form of emancipation from Moscow and rapprochement to the Americans, therefore also opposing it. Kidnapping and death[edit] Main article: Kidnapping of Aldo Moro

Moro, photographed during his kidnapping by the Red Brigades

On 16 March 1978, on Via Fani, a street in Rome, a unit of the militant far-left organisation known as the Red Brigades
Red Brigades
(Italian: Brigate Rosse) blocked the two-car convoy transporting Moro and kidnapped him, murdering his five bodyguards. At the time, all of the founding members of the Red Brigades
Red Brigades
were in jail; therefore, the organisation led by Mario Moretti that kidnapped Moro is said to be the "Second Red Brigades". On the day of his kidnapping, Moro was on his way to a session of the Chamber of Deputies, where a discussion was to take place regarding a vote of confidence for a new government led by Giulio Andreotti
Giulio Andreotti
(DC) that would have, for the first time, the support of the Communist Party. It was to be the first implementation of Moro's strategic political vision as defined by the Compromesso storico (historic compromise). In the following days, trade unions called for a general strike, while security forces made hundreds of raids in Rome, Milan, Turin, and other cities searching for Moro's location. Held for two months, he was allowed to send letters to his family and politicians. The government refused to negotiate, despite demands by family, friends and Pope Paul VI.[29] In fact, Paul VI "offered himself in exchange ... for Aldo Moro".[30] During the investigation of Moro's kidnapping, General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa reportedly responded to a member of the security services who suggested torturing a suspected brigatista, " Italy
can survive the loss of Aldo Moro. It would not survive the introduction of torture."[31][32][33] The Red Brigades
Red Brigades
initiated a secret trial where Moro was found guilty and sentenced to death. Then they sent demands to the Italian authorities, stating that unless 16 Red Brigades prisoners were released, Moro would be killed. The Italian authorities responded with a large-scale manhunt.[34] Negotiations[edit] The Red Brigades
Red Brigades
proposed to exchange Moro's life for the freedom of several prisoners. There has been speculation that during his detention many knew where he was (in an apartment in Rome). When Moro was abducted, the government immediately took a hard line position: the "State must not bend" on 'terrorist demands'. Some contrasted this with the kidnapping of Ciro Cirillo in 1981, a minor political figure for whom the government negotiated. However, Cirillo was released for a monetary ransom, rather than the release of the imprisoned extremists. On April 2 Romano Prodi, Mario Baldassarri,[35] and Alberto Clò, of the faculty of the University
of Bologna, passed on a tip about a safe-house where the Red Brigades
Red Brigades
might have been holding Moro. Prodi claimed he had been given the tip by the founders of the Christian Democrats, from beyond a grave in a séance and a Ouija
board, which gave the names of Viterbo, Bolsena
and Gradoli.[36] Captivity letters[edit]

Aldo Moro
Aldo Moro
with Giulio Andreotti

During this period, Moro wrote several letters to the leaders of the Christian Democrats and to Pope Paul VI, who later personally officiated in Moro's Funeral Mass. Some of those letters, at times very critical of Andreotti, were kept secret for more than a decade, and published only in the early 1990s. In his letters, Moro said that the state's primary objective should be saving lives, and that the government should comply with his kidnappers' demands. Most of the Christian Democrat leaders argued that the letters did not express Moro's genuine wishes, claiming they were written under duress, and thus refused all negotiation. This was in stark contrast to the requests of Moro's family. In his appeal to the terrorists, Pope Paul asked them to release Moro "without conditions".[37] Murder[edit] When the Red Brigades
Red Brigades
decided to murder Moro, they placed him in a car and told him to cover himself with a blanket saying that they were going to transport him to another location. After Moro was covered they shot him ten times. According to the official reconstruction after a series of trials, the killer was Mario Moretti. Moro's body was left in the trunk of a red Renault 4
Renault 4
on Via Michelangelo Caetani towards the Tiber River
Tiber River
near the Roman Ghetto.[38] After the recovery of Moro's body, the Minister of the Interior Francesco Cossiga
Francesco Cossiga
resigned. Antonio Negri's 1979 arrest and release[edit] On 7 April 1979, Marxist philosopher
Marxist philosopher
Antonio Negri
Antonio Negri
was arrested along with other leaders of Autonomia Operaia
Autonomia Operaia
(Oreste Scalzone, E. Vesce, A. Del Re, L. Ferrari Bravo, Franco Piperno
Franco Piperno
and others). Pietro Calogero, an attorney close to the Italian Communist Party, accused the Autonomia group of masterminding left-wing terrorism in Italy. Negri was charged with a number of offences including leadership of the Red Brigades, being behind Moro's kidnapping and murder, and plotting to overthrow the government. A year later, he was found innocent of Moro's murder. In 2003, Alexander Stille
Alexander Stille
accused Negri of bearing moral but not legal responsibility for the crimes.[39] Alternative points of view about Moro's death[edit]

Memorial to Aldo Moro, in via Caetani, Rome

Left wing writers have accused the United States as responsible for Moro's death. The "Gladio network", directed by NATO, has also been accused. Historian Sergio Flamigni, a member of the Communist Refoundation Party, believes Moretti was used by Gladio in Italy to take over the Red Brigades
Red Brigades
and pursue a strategy of tension. In Red Brigades member Alberto Franceschini's book,[40][41] and finally acquitted by the Supreme Court of Cassation in 2003. Steve Pieczenik, a former member of the U.S. State Department sent by President Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
as a "psychological expert" to integrate the Interior Minister Francesco Cossiga's "crisis committee", was interviewed by Emmanuel Amara in his 2006 documentary Les derniers jours d' Aldo Moro
Aldo Moro
("The Last Days of Aldo Moro"), in which he alleged that: "We had to sacrifice Aldo Moro
Aldo Moro
to maintain the stability of Italy."[42][43] He alleged that the U.S. had to "instrumentalize the Red Brigades," and that the decision to have him killed was taken during the fourth week of Moro's detention, when he started revealing state secrets through his letters [44] (allegedly the existence of Gladio).[43] Francesco Cossiga
Francesco Cossiga
also said the "crisis committee" also leaked a false statement, attributed to the Red Brigades, saying that Moro was dead.[45][46] Possible beatification[edit] According to media reports on 26 September 2012, the Holy See
Holy See
has received a file on beatification for Moro.[47] Beatification
is the first step to becoming a saint in the Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
Church. Nicola Giampaolo serves as the postulator for the cause. In April 2015, it was reported that controversies around Moro could cause the suspension or closing of the cause. The postulator has stated the cause will continue when the discrepancies are cleared up.[48] The halting of proceedings was due to Antonio Mennini, the priest who heard his last confession, being allowed to provide a statement to a tribunal in regards to Moro's kidnapping and confession. The cause was able to resume its initial investigations following this. Cinematic adaptations[edit] A number of films have portrayed the events of Moro's kidnapping and murder with varying degrees of fictionalization including the following:

Todo modo (1985), directed by Elio Petri, based on a novel by Leonardo Sciascia Il caso Moro (1986), directed by Giuseppe Ferrara
Giuseppe Ferrara
and starring Gian Maria Volontè as Moro Year of the Gun (1991), directed by John Frankenheimer Broken Dreams (Sogni infranti, 1995), a documentary directed by Marco Bellocchio Five Moons Plaza (Piazza Delle Cinque Lune, 2003), directed by Renzo Martinelli and starring Donald Sutherland Good Morning, Night
Good Morning, Night
(Buongiorno, notte, 2003), directed by Marco Bellocchio, portrays the kidnapping largely from the perspective of one of the kidnappers Romanzo Criminale
Romanzo Criminale
(2005), directed by Michele Placido, portrays the authorities finding Moro's body Les derniers jours d' Aldo Moro
Aldo Moro
(The Last Days of Aldo Moro, 2006) Il Divo (2008): La Straordinaria vita di Giulio Andreotti, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, highlighting the responsibility of Giulio Andreotti Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy (2012) (Romanzo di una strage) directed by Marco Tullio Giordana, Aldo Moro
Aldo Moro
portrayed by actor Fabrizio Gifuni


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is a democratic country that could allow itself the luxury of losing Moro, [but] not of the introduction of torture." Source ^ Report of Conadep (National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons): Prologue – 1984 ^ Quoted in Dershowitz, Alan M. Why Terrorism Works, p.134, ISBN 978-0-300-10153-9 ^ 100 Years of Terror, documentary by History Channel ^ 17 June 1998 hearing of the Commissione parlamentare d'inchiesta sul terrorismo in Italia e sulle cause della mancata individuazione dei responsabili delle stragi directed by senator Giovanni Pellegrino (in Italian) ^ Popham, Peter (December 2, 2005). "The seance that came back to haunt Romano Prodi". London: The Independent. Retrieved November 28, 2008.  ^ "L'appello di Paolo VI per il rilascio di Moro". Retrieved 16 December 2015.  ^ Fasanella, Giovanni; Giuseppe Roca (2003). The Mysterious Intermediary. Igor Markevitch and the Moro affair. Einaudi.  ^ 안또니오 네그리의 글모음 Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Giovanni Fasanella and Alberto Franceschini (with a postscript from Judge Rosario Priore, who investigated on Aldo Moro's death), Che cosa sono le Brigate Rosse ("What are the Red Brigades"), Published in French as Brigades rouges: L'histoire secrète des BR racontée par leur fondateur (Red Brigades: The secret [hi]story of the RBs, recounted by their founder), Alberto Franceschini, with Giovanni Fasanella. Editions Panama, 2005, ISBN 2-7557-0020-3. ^ Omicidio Pecorelli – Andreotti condannato, La Repubblica, November 17, 2002 (in Italian) ^ Emmanuel Amara, Les derniers jours d' Aldo Moro
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(The Last Days of Aldo Moro), Interview of Steve Pieczenik & Francesco Cossiga
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Further reading[edit]

Drake, Richard (1996). The Aldo Moro
Aldo Moro
Murder Case. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University
Press. ISBN 0-674-01481-2.  Hof, Tobias. The Moro Affair
The Moro Affair
– Left-Wing Terrorism and Conspiracy in Italy
in the Late 1970s. Historical Social Research, vol. 38 (2013), no. 1, pp. 129–141 (PDF). Wagner-Pacifici, Robin. The Moro morality play: Terrorism as social drama ( University
of Chicago Press, 1986). Pasquino, Gianfranco. Aldo Moro. In: Wilsford, David, ed. Political leaders of contemporary Western Europe: a biographical dictionary (Greenwood, 1995) pp. 339–45.

Primary sources[edit]

Interview with Giovanni Moro, Aldo Moro's son by La Repubblica, March 16, 1998.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Aldo Moro.

Craveri, Piero. Moro, Aldo. In: Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Vol. 77. Istituto della Enciclopedia italiana, Rome
2012, pp. 16–29.

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