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Italian Cabinet Establishes Department to Deal with Jewish Claims in Liberated Areas

The Italian cabinet, which is working in cooperation with the Allied Military Government, announced the establishment of a special department for Jewish affairs to deal with problems arising out of the annulled anti-Jewish laws in liberated parts of Italy, it was reported here today.

Dr. Anton Zolli, Chief Rabbi of Rome, and M. Robertani, an Italian Jewish lawyer, have been invited by the cabinet to assist in the work of this department, the report said. Simultaneously, it was reported that Fascist authorities in German-held sections of Italy, especially in the provinces of Modena and Sondrio are continuing the confiscation of Jewish property.

Greek official circles today reported that all Jews in the Greek island of Corfu have been seized by the Germans and their property confiscated. After holding these Jews in an old citadel for several weeks, the German authorities deported them from the island. The population was warned that all Jews who were still at large and who did not surrender within twenty-four hours would be punished by death. The same punishment would be meted out to Greeks hiding Jews or helping them to escape deportation, the warning said.