Rome-Berlin Axis

Rome-Berlin Axis

 

a military and political alliance between fascist Germany and Italy, formalized by the Berlin Agreement of Oct. 25, 1936.

The creation of the axis attested to the open preparation of the fascist states for the unleashing of World War II. The Anti-Comintern Pact signed by Germany and Japan on Nov. 25, 1936, was a continuation of the Rome-Berlin Axis; Italy joined on Nov. 6, 1937.

PUBLICATION

Documents on German Foreign Policy 1918–1945, series D, vol. 1. London, 1949.
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Twenty-four years ago, I wrote an article on the Vatican and the Rome-Berlin Axis, speculating that the policies of Achille Ratti as Pope Pius XI (1922-1939) and Eugenio Pacelli as Pope Pius XII (1939-1958) were very different, in spite of the similarity of their names and their apparent close collaboration.
Charles Coughlin, whose ironically named Social Justice weekly hailed the Rome-Berlin axis as a "firm rampart against communism.
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