Giovanni Amendola

The Honourable
Giovanni Amendola

Amendola in 1923.
Minister of the Colonies
In office
26 February 1922  30 October 1922
Prime Minister Luigi Facta
Preceded by Giuseppe Girardini
Succeeded by Luigi Federzoni
Member of the Italian Chamber
In office
1 December 1919  7 April 1926
Constituency Salerno
Personal details
Born (1882-04-15)15 April 1882
Naples, Italy
Died 7 April 1926(1926-04-07) (aged 43)
Cannes, France
Nationality Italian
Political party Italian Socialist Party
Radical Party
Democractic Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Eva Kuhn (m. 1906–26); his death
Children Giorgio (1907–1980)
Adelaide (1910–1980)
Antonio (1916–1953)
Pietro (1918–2007)
Alma mater University of Florence
Profession Journalist, philosopher
Religion Deism
Roman Catholicism (baptized)

Giovanni Amendola (15 April 1882 in Naples 7 April 1926 in Cannes) was an Italian journalist and politician, noted as an opponent of Fascism.


Amendola was born in Naples. After he graduated with a degree in philosophy, he collaborated with such newspapers as Il Leonardo of Giovanni Papini and La Voce of Giuseppe Prezzolini. After that, he obtained the chair of theoretical philosophy at the University of Pisa.

Attracted by politics, he was elected three times to the Italian Chamber of Deputies for Salerno. In the 1910s, Amendola supported the Italian liberal movement, but he was completely against the ideology of Giovanni Giolitti. During World War I, he adopted a position of democratic irredentism and, at the end of the war, was nominated minister by Prime Minister Francesco Saverio Nitti.

His critical positions while confronting the right-wing extremism cost him a series of attacks by hired Fascist killers. In 1924 Amendola refused to adhere to the "Listone Mussolini", and attempted to become Prime Minister, at the head of a liberal coalition which ran in the elections. He was defeated, but continued the democratic battle by writing columns for the Il Mondo, a new daily newspaper which he founded together with other intellectuals.

Amendola is probably most famous for his publishing of the Rossi Testimony on 27 December 1924, during the height of the Matteotti Crisis, in one of his newspapers. The document directly implicated Prime Minister Mussolini in the murder of Giacomo Matteotti (leader of the Socialist PSU party) on the 10 June 1924, as well as declaring that he (Mussolini) was behind the reign of terror which led up to the 1924 general elections (held 6 April).

Resented by Benito Mussolini for his prominent activism, Amendola was, together with the United Socialist Party deputy Giacomo Matteotti and the popular priest Don Giovanni Minzoni, one of the régime's earliest victims: he died at Cannes in agony from violence inflicted by Blackshirts.

His son, Giorgio Amendola, was an important communist writer and politician.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Giuseppe Girardini
Italian Minister of the Colonies
Succeeded by
Luigi Federzoni
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