Holy historical revisionism Batman! While I can’t speak to Italy’s experiences, I know for a fact that both Germany and Japan weren’t all that redeemed, given that the allies forgave like 98% percent of their war criminals and made up shit like the clean Wehrmacht
in order to get into a dick-waving contest with their former allies and the people who really
brought down the Nazis: the Soviet Union. This isn’t a secret or a conspiracy theory either, because it’s well known that the allies changed the outcomes of Nuremberg and its far-east equivalent.
It’s not just in Germany or Japan either: the large numbers of Dutch people here in NZ are here precisely because the Netherlands, at the behest of what would become NATO, forgave all the collaborators and let them serve in important positions in both the government and the military again, which understandably royally pissed off a lot of Dutch people who had suffered through the Nazi occupation of their homeland.
It’s why I roll my eyes at the liberals crying about the rise of fascism, because it’s people like them who forgave the Nazis and their Japanese equivalents all in the name of political expediency; and worse still, fucking whitewashed
their crimes to be “not really
their fault.” To paraphrase a Jewish podcaster I like: “Why is Germany still allowed to exist, especially after what they did!?”