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Italian Jewish War Heroes Reburied with Military Honors

Thirteen Jewish soldiers who fought in the Italian army during the late war were reburied in the Jewish cemetery at Merano today with full military honors in the presence of officers of the garrison, officials of the Jewish War Veterans Organizations and representatives of the Austro-Hungarian army that fought against Italy in the Alpine mountain passes.

Today’s reburial was the result of the Italian government’s recent decision to re-inter all soldiers previously buried at various cemeteries in the main military cemetery at Trento. The appeal of Chief Rabbi Joshua Gruenwald for separate burial for the Jewish soldiers was granted and the first 13 of the exhumed Jewish bodies were brought to Merano today on a special gun caisson.

The bodies were received by a detachment of city police in full uniform, an infantry regiment playing the funeral march, representatives of the Fascist party, Chief Rabbi Gruenwald and a number of Jewish dignitaries. Rabbi Gruenwald’s eulogy for the Jewish war veterans was followed by a religious service.

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