LONDON (Sep. 27)
The Daily Telegraph reported from Rome that a prominent American Jew was on his way there to ask Premier Mussolini whether recent anti-Jewish attacks in the Regime Fascists reflected the editor’s personal views or Fascist policy.
The editor, Roberto Farinacci, former secretary of the Fascist Party and member of the Fascist Grand Council, blamed the “subversive influence of the Jews” for disorders in Europe.
In a subsequent editorial, according to the Havas News Agency, Farinacci ascribed Italy’s defeat at Geneva in connection with the seating of the Ethiopian delegates to “the virulence of the Judaco-Bolshevist ideology.”
The first editorial said:
“From the monopoly enjoyed under the dictatorship in Bolshevist Russia to the prevalence it has achieved in the Bolshevist government of France, the subversive influence of the Jews is very evident as the cause of existing disorders.
“International Jewry is anti-Fascist. Never has a Jew uttered a word of admiration or gratitude for Fascism. On the contrary, moral and material aid is given by Jews to the Popular Front in France, to the Reds in Madrid and to the destroyers of churches under every social order.”
A United Press Rome despatch quoted Felice Ravenna, president of the Union of Jewish Communities in Italy, as saying that Italian Jews must not be classed with other Jews because their sympathy with the fatherland is evidenced by their “unquestionable loyalty to Mussolini, who never has had occasion to complain of Italian Jews.”