Jewish Communities in Italy Support Israel’s Claim for Reparations from Germany

The fourth Congress of the Union of Italian Jewish communities concluded here after adopting a resolution supporting Israel’s claim for 1,500,000,000 in reparations from Germany and expressing the conference’s disappointment over the progressive readmission of Germany to the family of nations without it having shown the will to compensate for the moral and material damages caused the Jews. Forty-two delegates representing 23 communities attended the parley.

Another resolution declared that the remilitarization of Germany is a threat to world peace, and called upon the allied powers to destroy German nationalism and to re-examine their policies toward Germany. A third resolution scored the freeing of Nazi war criminals by the Allies. Other resolutions hailed the work of the World Jewish Congress and pledged cooperation in the upbuilding of Israel.

Dr. Raffaele Cantoni, president of the Union, reported that in the five years which have elapsed since the last Congress, the Council of the Union has won the approval of the Italian Ministry of Interior and the respect of the Vatican for its consistent line of action in behalf of Jewish rights. Other speakers said that the future of Italy’s 35,000 Jews is not bright unless Jews who became Christian converts during the persecutions of the Fascist regime return to the Jewish community. Dr. Cantoni was re-elected president of the Union. For the first time in the history of the Council of the Union a woman, Tullia Zevi, was named to the 15-member Council.

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