Gamma 3000, a Rome-based
printer, was the first to start producing Mussolini calendars in the early
1990s and now competes with three rivals. Around 10,000 are printed by the
company each year and circulated to newsstands across Italy regardless of whether copies were ordered....
During Mussolini’s 20-year
dictatorship he sent thousands of Jews to their deaths, interned gay people on
the Adriatic island of San Domino, gagged the free press and executed political opponents. Mussolini and
his mistress, Clara Petacci, were shot dead by partisans in the final days of
the second world war before their bodies were strung up on a meat hook in a Milan square.