ROME (Apr. 16)
The Union of Italian Jewish Communities today issued an urgent memorandum to each constituent Jewish community in Italy, requesting statistical data on Italian Jews who were deported by the Nazis during the Second World War and details concerning the heirs of such Jews.
The information is required in order to establish the necessary sums for individual compensation by West Germany, if and when the Bonn Government decides to grant compensation to Italian Jews. West Germany has concluded compensation agreements with most other West European countries.
During the years since the war, the Union has been exerting pressure on the Italian Government to negotiate an agreement with West Germany providing for individual compensation for the Italian Jewish survivors of Nazi concentration camps or their heirs. The National Association of Former Political Deportees has also been urging the Government to act to facilitate compensation payments.
Negotiations for a compensation agreement have already been initiated by a special delegation representing the Italian Foreign Ministry and Treasury which was sent to Bonn for this purpose.