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Raffaele Cantoni, Post-war Italian Jewish Leader, Dies at 75

Funeral services were held in Venice today for Raffaele Cantoni, a post-war leader of Italy’s Jewish community, who died at the age of 75. Cantoni, an anti-Fascist, who escaped to Switzerland in 1943, assumed leadership of Italian Jewry in 1946 when he was elected president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, a post he held until 1955. He was interested in social work and headed several charitable bodies including Youth Aliya of which his wife, Emma, was president in Italy. Cantoni was a member of the world executive of the World Jewish congress.