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Memorial Services for Gestapo Victims Heid in Great Synagogue of Rome

Memorial services were held in the Great Synagogue here last night for the 320 Roman citizens who were executed by the Germans in the Posse Ardeatine catacombs in reprisal for a bombing which killed 32 Germans. Many government officials attended the services, which were conducted by Chief Rabbi Anton I. Zolli.

It is known that at least 39, and possibly more, of the hostages were Jewish. Their bodies are being exhumed at present and there is evidence that many were buried while still alive. The condition of the bodies makes identification virtually impossible.