King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy

Victor Emmanuel III DS Granting Citizenship to Romanian Jew

Victor Emmanuel III DS Granting Citizenship to Romanian Jew

 

2pp partly printed and partly handwritten document in Italian signed by King of Italy Victor Emmanuel III (1869-1947) as "Vittorio Emanuele" at center of second page. The bold and dark signature is enormous, measuring approximately 6.625" x 1.5".  Also cosigned by his Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Giovanni Giolitti (1842-1928) as "Giolitti," complete with a 5" long flourish. Stamped and numbered on both pages. The bifold watermarked cream paper is in very good to near fine condition, with isolated foxing along top and bottom margins. Each page measures 9.75" x 15".

 

On October 3, 1909 while in Racconigi, a town located 25 miles south of Turin in northwestern Italy, King of Italy Victor Emmanuel III granted Italian citizenship to a 25-year-old Romanian man of probable Jewish heritage.

 

The decree recognized the new status of "Mr. Jancu (Giacomo) Feldmann, of Romanian extraction born in Focsani (Romania) 6 May of 1884 to Leibo (Lione) and Musica L. Feldmann…under the observance of the conditions and formalities established by Article 10 of the Civil Code…"

 

Victor Emmanuel III officially ruled as King of Italy between 1900-1946, although he essentially served as a puppet king to Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini between 1925-1943. Victor Emmanuel III also claimed sovereignty over Albania and Ethiopia during World War II. Today, Victor Emmanuel is criticized for accommodating Mussolini and the rise of the Fascists in Italy. Yet the king's ability to withstand so many tumultuous political changes during his reign certainly demonstrates his shrewdness and tenacity.

 

Giovanni Giolitti was the second-longest serving Prime Minister in Italian history, serving five terms in that office between 1892-1921.

 

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