Rome (Mar. 12)
General Umberto Publiese, a Jew, who is one of the leading authorities on military engineering, has been appointed Director-General of naval construction (Direttore generale delle costruzioni navalie meccaniche).
General Pugliese made himself famous by successfully raising a number of Italian warships, which had been sunk during the war.
In the old Austro-Eungarian Empire a Jew, the late Siegfried Popper, who died about a year ago over 80 years of age, was Naval Constructor-General, with the rank of Rear-Admiral. He supervised the building of several Austrian men-of-war, among them the cruisers “Panther”, “Leopard”, and “Tiger”, the armed cruisers “Maria-Theresia”, “Kaiser Karl XI”., “St. Georg”, and the armoured battle-ships, “Vienna”, “Monarch”, “Budapest”, “Habsburg”, “Arpad”, “Babenberg”, “Erzherzog Karl”, and “Erzherzog Friedrich”. The nine last named were built after his designs.