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Silvio Berlusconi defends Mussolini for backing Hitler

ROME — Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi praised Benito Mussolini for ‘‘having done good’’ despite the Fascist dictator’s anti-Jewish laws, immediately sparking expressions of outrage as Europe on Sunday held Holocaust remembrances.

Berlusconi also defended Mussolini for allying himself with Hitler, saying he probably reasoned that it would be better to be on the winning side.

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