ROME (Jun. 18)
All Jews in Italy were invited today in a call issued by Dr. Sergio Piperno, president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, to join in the countrywide observances to be held in Italy in celebration of the first centenary of the Risorgimento. The Risorgimento movement, which brought the unification of Italy into an integral, modern state, resulted also in the granting of full rights of citizenship to Itatian Jews.
In his cell, Dr. Piperno stated: “Many Jews have contributed toward the achievements of the unification of Italy. They were moved not only by the aspirations of achieving full equality with their other Italian brothers and sisters and by their love for the common country. Because of the many centuries of suffering, Italian Jews could feel very deeply the significance of the fight of Italy and her people toward unity, justice and freedom.”