The Italian ambassador, Guido Jung, who arrived here yesterday on his way to Washington to confer with President Roosevelt, declared emphatically that Fascism in Italy cannot compare with Nazism or Fascism in Germany, especially as far as the Jewish question is concerned. There is no such thing as anti-Semitism in Italy, declared the ambassador, who is himself an orthodox Jew.
Signor Jung a man over fifty, made clear this point in reply to the following questions put to him by the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency: “How does Fascism in Italy compare to Nazism in Germany?”
“Well,” the Italian envoy stated, “these two compare as an infant to a ten-year-old boy.”
“But are these two children of one father?”, he was asked.
“There cannot be one father of two nations,” replied Jung.
“What, then, is the attitude of the Italian. Fascist Government to the anti-Semitic movement in Germany?”
“I would rather not discuss this question,” the Italian ambassador replied.
“What is Italy’s attitude toward anti-Semitism?”
“Have you ever heard of an anti-Semitic movement in Italy?”, Signor Jung replied to the question.
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