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erienewsnow.com 11 Jan, 2022 23:00 am

Italian Catholic, Jewish leaders condemn use of Nazi flag at church funeral - Erie News Now

Italian Catholic, Jewish leaders condemn use of Nazi flag at church funeral - Erie News Now
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Rome's Jewish community expressed outrage that such events could still happen more than seven decades after the end of World War II and the fall of Italy's fascist dictatorship.After a raid on Rome's Jewish neighborhood on October 16, 1943, more than 1,000 of the capital's Jews were deported, most to the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.Story by Reuters Italian Catholic and Jewish leaders on Tuesday condemned as outrageous an episode in which right-wing extremists put a flag with a swastika on a coffin outside a church after a religious funeral and gave Nazi salutes."It is unacceptable that a flag with a swastika can still be shown in public in this day and age, especially in a city that saw the deportation of its Jews by the Nazis and their fascist collaborators," the statement said.

Rome's Catholic archdiocese said in a statement that priests at the parish of St.Lucy in a central Rome neighborhood, including the one who presided at the funeral rite, had no idea of what would happen outside the church on Monday.

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