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Jews in Florence Encouraged by Aid Received to Recover from Flood

The Jews of Florence, struggling with the disastrous impact on their institutions of the recent devastating Italian floods, have been greatly encouraged by help from other Italian and overseas Jewish communities, Charles H. Jordan, executive vice-chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee, was told today during a visit here.

The message was conveyed to Mr. Jordan by A. Benadi, president of the Florentine Jewish community. He told the JDC official that the Jewish community was slowly emerging from the mud left by the inundation of November 3 and that the total extent of the damage was only now becoming apparent.

He also expressed thanks for immediate help in food and personnel and for the allocation from the JDC of $25,000, adding that help and encouragement were needed because, apart from Florence’s ancient and beautiful synagogue, all of the damaged buildings were new. Mr. Jordan, who said he had come to see the situation at first hand, described it as “bad indeed.”