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20 Fiume Jews, Seized in Roundup of ‘Stateless’, Released; 200 in Trieste May Be Freed

It is learned that 20 of the Italian Jews arrested in Fiume have been freed, including Signor Klein, president of the Fiume Jewish community, and several other officers. They had been detained two weeks ago in the general round-up of male Jews who had lost their nationality as result of the racial laws of September, 1938.

According to these laws all Jews who acquired Italian citizenship after Jan. 1, 1919, were denationalized. Since Fiume did not become part of Italy until 1924, all Jews in that city were automatically affected.

Another 200 Jews in Trieste in the same "stateless" category are still interned. However, the cases of most of them are expected to be considered favorably soon.

It is reported from Fiume that Hans Friedman, son of the late president of the Jewish Community there, who was also president of the important Adria navigation company in Fiume, committed suicide by hurling himself from his fourth-floor apartment window during the period of these arrests.

The long-postponed racial exhibit in Rome will finally be inaugurated July 16. Italian "Aryanism" and anti-Semitism will be explained at the exhibit.

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