I am not a senior citizen myself, but I was intrigued by your question. So, I decided to ask my dad about whether or not my uncle or grandfolks spoke about this.
For context, they all lived through the war in Southern Italy and came to Canada in the 1950’s. Sadly, both of my grandparents are gone now, but my uncle is still alive and he is 94! So, I’d like to say all their experiences combined would be a good answer to this question.
Now for the answer, my great grandfolks were already unhappy with the current political situation with Mussolini. They were from the poorer side of Italy and he hadn’t been doing much to support the South. When Hitler was appointed, it was SORT OF the talk of the town? It was known and spoken about, but my aforementioned family was much too young to really care or understand. It took them until they were older to piece the situation together.
This is aged information though, so I would take it with a grain of salt. Hope I could provide some insight!