Jew Elected Member of Directorate of Italian Fascist Party

Professor Giorgio del Vecchio, editor of the “International Journal of Law Philosophy”, has been appointed a member of the Directorate of the Fascist Party.

Professor del Vecchio, who was Rector of Rome University in 1926-27, is one of several Jews in Italy who have been members and active workers in the Fascist Party since its foundation.

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the foundation which took place in Milan on March 23rd., 1919 of the “Fasci Italiani di Combattimento”, later transformed into the “Partito Nazionale Fascista” (National Fascist Party), a list was published of the 105 founders of the party. The list included the names of six Jews, among them Professor del Vecchio. There have been also other Jews closely associated with the Fascist movement in Italy after the first formation of the organisation, notably Professor Arias, who is the author of a memorandum on Constitutional Reform in the spirit of Fascism, which is known as the “Relazione Arias”. The Fascist Government appointed him head of the Commission to draw up a scheme of legislative reforms for a complete code of legislation in conformity with the Fascist conception of government. Senator Finci, a former Fascist Minister of the Interior, who died a few weeks back, was for a long time Mussolini’s right-hand man, and his official biographer is Margherita Sarfati, a Milan Jewess, who at one time was co-editor with Mussolini of the official organ of the fascist party.

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