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Jewish Woman Attacked Again in Italy

January 3, 1995
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A Norwegian Jewish woman who last summer was the victim of an apparent anti- Semitic attack has been assaulted again.

Myriam Geelmuyden was found unconscious and with her face cut Monday evening near the doorway of her home in the central Italian town of Assisi.

Geelmuyden told police she had opened the door to a young man who claimed to be delivering a telegram, but who instead attacked her, cutting her face in two places.

Geelmuyden, a writer, said she believed that her attacker may have been one of three youths who assaulted her in the street last August, slashing her face and yelling anti-Semitic slogans.

Her lawyer, Gian Vito Ranieri, said Tuesday he was convinced there was a link between the two incidents. He told reporters that Geelmuyden had received several threats in the months since the first attack.

A policeman involved in the investigation said Tuesday that “all possibilities” were being investigated, but “the modality of the incident does not allow us to espouse the theory of a racist attack.”

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