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Anit-jewish Rioting Lasts 2 Days in Trieste; 8 Beaten in Rome

May 20, 1940
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Anti-Jewish demonstrations lasting two days occurred in Trieste, it was learned today. Windows of Jewish schools and synagogues were broken. Several stores were wrecked and ransacked.

Similar demonstrations were planned form Rome, but were called off, it was learned. However, eight were beaten up here.

The demonstrations coincided with Berlin reports that Italy has refused transit to German Jews holding emigration visas for the United States and other countries on the ground that Italy’s entry into the war would leave her with emigrants for whom no overseas transportation was available.

Meanwhile, police authorities in various Italian cities have started a fresh drive against Jews employing “Aryan”servants. Although most Jews had been previously forced to discharge their “Aryan” servants, some were permitted to retain them for special reason, such as illness or invalids in the family. Now this group are being also deprived of “Aryan” Servants.

Historical archives belonging to the State have been closed to Jewish scholars. This action was felt especially by a number of Italian Jews who, since being discharged as professors in Italian universities, had been using their time for research work. The Vatican library is the only one of importance which remains to Jews.

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