Mark Oppenheimer was surprised to find how the scandal impacted those involved, almost 60 years later.
Libyans are set to vote tomorrow for the first time in almost half a century. The elections will produce a constituent assembly of 200 members – the first step towards writing a new constitution and establishing a democratic government.
The transition from the Gadhafi era has been pretty shaky so far, and calls for a boycott and other unrest raised fears of election day violence.
The BBC’s Rana Jawad reports from Tripoli.