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Italian Jewry Reported Flourishing Under Present Laws, Practices

February 2, 1967
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The Jewish community of Italy “operates and flourishes under a law which outlines and guarantees its rights, its activities, structure and representation,” it was reported here today by Fritz Becker, representative of the World Jewish Congress in Rome, who is here on a brief visit. “The law covering the community was drafted by Jewish attorneys and enacted in 1930,” Mr. Becker declared, adding that it is “very different from what goes on in the United States, but it satisfies Italian Jewry. They are pleased with it and seek only minor modifications.”

Mr. Becker said there were 32,000 Jews in Italy–11,000 in Rome, 7,000 in Milan, between 1,000 and 2,000 in each of the four other centers–Florence, Turin, Trieste and Leghorn–and the remainder scattered in some 15 or 16 other cities throughout Italy.

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