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Charge Jewish Refugees Are Advised to Become Catholics to Obtain Hungarian Citizenship

A charge that in certain circles the Jewish refugees of Fuenfkirchen, Hungary, have been advised to submit to conversion as Catholics as a condition of attaining Hungarian citizenship was made today in the Hungarian parliament by Rothenstein and Esterjalyos, Social Democratic deputies, in the debate on the government’s control of aliens.

The two Social-Democratic deputies blamed the government’s “barbaric method of alien control” for the expulsion of only Jews or Socialists, while the ministry of the interior “generally deals with Jewish matters differently than it does with affairs affecting Catholics or Protestants.” M. Szitovsky, minister of the interior, limited his reply to saying that his chief concern was the safeguarding of the interests of the country at all costs and it was for that purpose that the order concerning alien control was promulgated.