Fascist Italy special official passport
1936 issued to a consul’s son.
A pre-war Italian official travel document that was issued to Benito Mussolini’s foreign ministry’s official’s family member for traveling from & back to Italy.
The travel document was issued to the son of Italian Consul-General Amedeo Mammalella – Francesco, aged 14 at the time.
One of the Consul-General’s pre-war posting was to the Romanian town of Galați, and around June of 1939 was sent to Sydney, Australia (he was the Italian representative to the European Commission to the Danube in the city as well (CED)).
After the war broke out the same year and following the Italians siding officially with Nazi Germany and the declaration of war the following year, the consul was sent back home; and most of the war years he would spend as Italy’s’ consul-general in occupied Yugoslavia in Dubrovnik, then and now part of Croatia (before this posting he would hold the position of civil commissioner), and towards the end of the war, in 1945, be posted to Portugal as senior RSI representative.
During the war, the Italians would treat more humanly the Jews under their control, and many found refuge from the German oppression and transport to the death camps in occupied Poland in many of the Italian colonies, possessions and zones of occupation.
The Foreign Ministry travel document number 16 was issued at Rome on June 13th 1936. Apparently this was an early issue because it has an added annotation for the Kings title to include also Emperor of Ethiopia; more can be learned about the Italian and Ethiopian campaigns via this link.
Francesco entered Romania on June 18th via Galați and left back home via the eastern port city of Brăila on August 19th, crossing into Turkey and from there arriving into Italy, at Napoli, on the 27th.
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