How should we feel and share our feelings in times of rising fascism? In this episode we tackle this question by looking at stories about life in German and Italy before and during WWII. We examine the three part graphic novel Berlin (2018) by Jason Lutes and Natalia Ginsburg’s memoir of Mussolini’s Italy, Family Lexicon (published in Italian in 1963, translated to English in 2017). These books helped us unpack things like resilience, language, community, and despair in a different way, something we hope can benefit others in contemporary movements.
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We had to truncate our long conversation, so here are some of the resources we used to gather information on the history of fascism and its relationship to the rise of alt-right, nationalist, and white supremacist movements today.