L'Isole di Tremiti, Aggiacenti al' Regno di Napoli, nel Mare Adriatico.
Engraving. 190 x 400mm (7½ x 15¾").
The Isole Tremiti, off the Gargano Peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. From left to right the islands are: San Domino; the small, uninhabited island of Cretaccio; San Nicola where most of the population resides, with fortified monastery; and Capraia, also uninhabited. In 1938 Mussolini secretly turned San Domino into an internment camp for homosexual men, despite there being no sexuality laws. Contrary to his intentions it allowed the inmates to be openly gay for the first time in their lives: when the camp was closed on the outbreak of WWII many were reluctant to return to the repression on the staunchly-catholic mainland.
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