Rossi, Mafaldo.

Biography

k-Rossi, Mafaldo. (Nello Vergani, Leone Russo, Attilio Leoni); b. December 20, 1902, Molinella, Province of Bologna, Italy, forced to emigrate in June 1923, and went to Belgium, France and Algeria before moving to the Canada and the US; Italian American; father Saturno Rossi, mother Elvira (Roncarati) Rossi; CP, headed the CP’s Italian language bureau; Communist Manager and Editor of L'Unità Operaia; Domicile New York; In Italy was active in the post-WWI fight against fascism in Molinella, attacked and harassed he left Italy; In New York he was a well-known communist leader and member of the Alleanza Antifascista del Nord America; To Spain April 1937; Sent to OTS; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln Battalion before transferring to the Garibaldis; Company Commander; Served Rank Teniente and political commissioner; Killed in action July 19, 1937 at Villanueva del Pardillo, during the Brunete Campaign; (Killed in action August 1937, Guadarrama, killed by artillery fire during an advance).
Sources: RGASPI (under Nello Vergani) Fond 545 Opis 3 File 435; and “Mafaldo Rossi” CPC busta 4451.; ”Nello Vergani” RGASPI Fond 545 Opis 6 File 508, 24-25.“Mafaldo Rossi,” CPC) Ministero dell'Interno, Direzione Generale di Pubblica Sicurezza, Archivio centrale dello Stato, Rome (hereafter ACS), busta 4451.; In addition to “Nello Vergani” On Mafaldo Rossi’s death see also: “Mafaldo Rossi,” La Spagna nel nostro cuore, 1936- 1939: Tre anni di storia da non dimenticare, Rome: La Spagna Nel Nostro Cuore, p. 1996, 404, “Nello Vergani” “Italiani caduti in Spagna combattendo contro il Fascismo,” in Quaderni Italiani, (New York: 1943):137. “Nello Vergani caduto da Eroe sul fronte di Madrid,” L’Unità Operaia, August 20, 1937.; On Mafaldo Rossi [a.k.a. Nello Vergani] see his obituary “Nello Vergani vive oggi più che mai,” L’Unità Operaia, September 4, 1937.