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Born Nov. 21, 1907. Figure in the Italian workers’ movement. Son of Giovanni Amendola. Received advanced legal and economic education.
In 1929, Amendola joined the underground Communist Party (PCI). In 1930–31 he led the Neapolitan organization of the PCI. He was arrested in 1931 and spent five years in prison and exile; he then went to France. He was one of the leaders of the Italian communist groups in France and a member of the foreign bureau of the PCI. In 1943 he became a member of the Central Committee and of the leadership of the Communist Party. He was one of the organizers of the partisan struggle in Piedmont. After World War II he served as a deputy in all sessions of Parliament. He was a member of the Secretariat of the PCI from 1954 to 1966; in 1966 he became a member of the Politburo of the PCI. He is the author of works on the resistance movement, the workers’ movement, and problems in the development of southern Italy.
WORKSLa democrazia nel Mezzogiorno. Rome, 1957.
Classe operaia e programmazione democratica. Rome, 1966.
Il comunismo italiano nella seconda guerra mondiale. Rome, 1963.
Comunismo, antifascismo e Resistenza. [Rome,] 1967.
La classe operaia Italiana. Rome, 1968.