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Hungarian War Chief to Quit over Anti-semitism

Julius Goemboes, Hungarian minister of war, is to resign shortly, being piqued at Chancellor Bethlen’s failure to support him more strongly in the recent uproar over the minister’s statement that Jews could not be admitted to the Hungarian Order of Heroes. After his resignation it is reported that Goemboes will resume the leadership of the Hungarian anti-Semitic party.

When Goemboes’ slur on the Jews created an uproar in Parliament, Chancellor Bethlen, seeking to avoid a cabinet crisis that might endanger the pending Hungarian loan, came to the defense of his war minister and declared that Jews could not be enrolled in the honor legion because “they had participated too actively in the Communist revolution of 1918 and hence cannot be admitted to the legion which is aimed chiefly against another possible revolution.”

In 1928, Goemboes, then leader of the Race Protectors’ party, was appointed political secretary to the war ministry. When he joined the government party his own party went out of existence. His appointment aroused great opposition in Jewish and liberal quarters.

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