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Death of Jewish Ex-minister in Italy

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Senator Vito Finzi, former Minister in the Italian Government, has died at Florence, at a very advanced age. He had fought as a volunteer in the Italian War of Liberation in 1866, which resulted in the creation of the Italian Kingdom.

The Finzis are an ancient Jewish family in Italy, believed to have derived their name from Pinchas. The first known member of the family lived in Padua in 1369. The family has produced many renowned Rabbis and scholars. Guiseppe Finzi, was a famous Italian patriot, an intimate friend of Garibaldi and Mazzini, and fought behind the barricades in Milan, afterwards organising a Regiment of Mantuans. He was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment by the Austrians, but was soon afterwards released, and when Lombardy was liberated from the Austrians, he was appointed Governor of Mantua. He was a member of the Italian Parliament for twenty years, afterwards being appointed a Senator, dying, however, in 1886 before he could take his seat in the Senate.

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