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Jewish Writer Attacked In Assisi

August 16, 1994

ASSISI, Italy (AP) _ A Norwegian Jew who lives in this town of peace was slashed on the cheek by assailants in an apparent anti-Semitic attack, the victim and police said Tuesday.

Police said Maria Thaeilman Geelmuyden-Bodil was wounded Monday night. RAI state television said the woman, in her 40s, is a writer who has lived for several years in the Umbrian hilltown, which draws religious pilgrims from all over the world.

″I heard someone (behind me) who grabbed my elbow and then pulled at my hair,″ the woman was quoted as telling RAI. ″They yelled ’Dirty Jew, go home.‴

She said she was attacked by three young men and slashed twice on the face. One cut extended from beneath a gauze bandage covering her cheek.

Police said they were investigating to see if the motive was anti-Semitism. They said they had no suspects or witnesses.

Assisi is the home of Franciscan order founder St. Francis. It been the site of numerous conferences dedicated to peace and co-existence.

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