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Jews of Rome Perturbed by City Planning Commission’s Recommendation to Remove Dome from Rome Synagog

The famous architect, Marcello Piacentini, the Rapporteur of the City of Rome Planning Commission, appointed by Signor Mussolini to prepare a scheme for the beautifying of the Eternal City, recommends in his report which has just been presented to the Government, that among other things, the dome of the Great Synagogue near the Tibor should be removed in order to improve the skyline.

The proposal has caused much concern among the Jewish population. It is pointed out that the plan of the synagogue, which was erected as recently as 1904 was approved by a Commission of famous architects, including Zacconi, who made the famous Victor Emmanuel Memorial in Rome, and Piacentini, the father of the present advocate of its removal. It is suggested in some Jewish quarters that the plan may be connected with some obligations in the Concordat between the Italian Government and the Vatican for the preservation of the Christian character of Rome.