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Post-holocaust Victims of Anti-semitism Memorialized in Rome

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More than 5000 persons attended memorial services in the main synagogue here today for victims of anti-Semitic terrorism and violence since the end of World War II. Representatives of the national government, the Rome municipality and the major political parties were present.

An address by Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff of Rome was broadcast on national television which also carried an interview with him. The Chief Rabbi said, “A meeting to commemorate the innocent victims of senseless and criminal violence is no new matter in the history of the Jewish people.” However, he observed, “After the Holocaust of six million Jews, after the definitive condemnation and fall of Nazism and fascism, we believed, or more precisely, we had the right to believe, that finally a new era had arisen in which the horrors of the past would not be repeated.”

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