The involvement of the US 88th Infantry Division also had various implications. On 1 June 1947, the Jewish community of Gorizia communicated to the American Joint Distribution Committee of Milan (a non-profit Jewish-American organization, established in 1914, to assist Palestinian Jews caught in the throes of the First World War) and the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities at Rome that eight of the 42 Torah scrolls listed in a September 1945 inventory had disappeared.
Letter from the president of the Italian Jewish Communities to the Jewish community of Gorizia, 6 June 1947
Suspicions fell on allied soldiers, as in March 1946 they had previously stolen three Torah scrolls from the early 18th century Jewish oratory of S. Daniele del Friuli; this oratory had been closed before the war began and was later demolished in 1969. On the occasion of the S. Daniele del Friuli theft, the police chose not to prosecute so as to “avoid publicity”. The same thing probably occurred for the Gorizia theft as well.
Interior of the Jewish oratory of S. Daniele del Friuli