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12 Jewish Orphans Quit Italy for U.s.; Second Group Slated to Leave Next Week

May 13, 1947
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Twelve Jewish orphans sailed today from Naples for the United States aboard the Liberty ship Marine Perch.

The children, seven of whom come from Poland and five from Czechoslovakia, have relatives in the U.S. Their visas and transportation were arranged by the Joint Distribution Committee and the HIAS. A larger group of orphans is scheduled to leave for America May 20.

The public prosecutor has demanded a sentence of 30 years imprisonment for Celesta Di Porto, 22, an Italian Jewish woman charged with having betrayed other Jews to the Gestapo. She is known here as the “Black Panther.” The 30 year term is the severest penalty possible under Italian law.

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