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The Ambassador in Italy ( Phillips ) to the Secretary of State

78. A representative of the Jewish Refugees Committee has informed the Embassy that according to information which has been given the Committee from the Ministry of the Interior, foreign Jews who have requested authorization to remain in Italy after March 12 will be permitted to do so. The extension will be determined in each case and will probably be granted for periods of from 4 to 6 months.

It is not known yet whether this will apply to German refugees but in any case it is not expected that there will be a general roundup or imprisonment of those German Jews who are still in Italy on March 12.

Phillips