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March 28, 2005
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An Italian newspaper apologized to a leading right-wing politician claiming that his father tortured a local Jew during World War II. The editor of the left-wing L’Unita newspaper apologized to Francesco Storace for running an interview quoting an elderly Roman Jew as saying that Storace’s father had tied him to a chair and beaten him in 1941 after dragging him into Fascist headquarters. Storace, president of Italy’s Lazio region and a key ally of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is up for re-election next weekend. Storace said his father, who died in 1999, had been just 12 in 1941 and at the time had never been to Rome. The elderly Jew in the article said he had been misquoted.

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