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Mussolini’s Racial Office Liquidated in Rome; Reinstatement of Jewish Teachers Ordered

August 2, 1944
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A decree ordering the reinstatement of Jewish teachers and other employees of the educational system in Italy who were dismissed from their posts under Mussolini’s anti-Jewish laws was issued here today by the Italian Minister of Public Instruction. The order is effective as of the date of liberation of the territory in which the dismissed personnel reside.

Earlier this week the Italian Minister of the Interior issued an order liquidating the Racial Office which enforced the fascist anti-Jewish laws in Italy. The Rome headquarters of the office have been converted into an office for Count Carlo Sforza, High Commissioner for Sanctions Against Fascism.

In issuing the decree for the reinstatement of Jewish educators, the Italian Minister for Public Instruction condemned the racial laws. These laws, he said, have ” most seriously offended our civilization and our true traditions.” He stressed the necessity of removing the effects of this legislation as soon as possible.

Plans for a comprehensive program of relief and rehabilitation of Jews in Italy are presently being worked out by Arthur D. Greenleigh, representative of the Joint Distribution Committee, it was announced here today. Mr. Greenleigh left today for Bari, in southern Italy, where many Jewish refugees are concentrated, after consultations with high Allied military officials, Red Cross officials and with the representative of the Intergovernmental Committee for Refugees in Italy.

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