Sabatino Enrico 'Nello' Rosselli (Rome, 29 November 1900 – Bagnoles-de-l'Orne, 9 June 1937) was an Italian Socialist leader and historian.

Sabatino "Nello" Rosselli
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BornSabatino Enrico Rosselli
(1900-11-29)29 November 1900
DiedJune 9, 1937(1937-06-09) (aged 36)
Bagnoles-de-l'Orne, France
OccupationPolitical leader, journalist, historian and anti-fascist activist

Rosselli was born in Rome to a prominent Jewish family. His parents were Giuseppe Emanuele "Joe" Rosselli (1867 - 1911) and Amelia Pincherle (1870 - 1954) , who was the paternal aunt to writer Alberto Moravia; Nello was the last of three sons, the others being Aldo Sabatino (1895 - 1916), died in WWI and Carlo Alberto (1899 - 1937). [1] Nello was a member of the reformist Unitary Socialist Party of Filippo Turati, Giacomo Matteotti and Claudio Treves, which had split from the PSI. After the rise of Fascism, he fled to France with his brother, and from there was active in anti-Fascist and socialist politics, helping to found the group Giustizia e Libertà and aiding the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, as well as carrying out propaganda missions within Italy.


In June 1937, Nello went to visit his brother, Carlo, at the French resort town of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne, Orne. On 9 June the two were stabbed and killed by a group of "cagoulards", militants of "La Cagoule", a French fascist group, likely on the orders of Mussolini.[2]

His wife Maria Todesco, their four children Silvia, Paola, Aldo and Alberto, and his mother Amelia Pincherle Roselli survived him.


  1. ^ "Archivio della famiglia Rosselli". Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  2. ^ Rose, Peter Isaac (2005). The Dispossessed: An Anatomy Of Exile. University of Massachusetts Press. pp. 138–139. ISBN 1558494669.