Six Jews Elected to Lower House of Hungary’s Parliament
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Six Jews Elected to Lower House of Hungary’s Parliament

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Six Jews were elected deputies in the Hungarian parliament in the recent parliamentary elections. In the previous parliament there were ten Jews in the lower houses and five in the senate.

The six who were elected are Dr. Geza Desi, a member of the government party, who was a member of the old parliament; Paul Sandor, independent, reelected; Ernest Brody, Eugen Gal, and Dr. Bela Fabian, all of the Democratic party, reelected, and Dr. Johann Vaszonyi, Democrat, who was elected for the first time. Dr. Vaszonyi is the son of the late Wilhelm Vaszonyi, minister of justice and leader of the Democratic party.

In addition to the four Jews who represented the Socialist party in the previous parliament, Dr. Marzell Baracs, a Democrat and one of the most outstanding defenders of Jewish rights in parliament, was defeated. The four Jewish Socialists who went down to defeat in the election were Daniel Varnai, Dr. Emerich Gyorki, Alexander Propper and Moritz Rothenstein.

Among those who were elected on an extreme Chirstian-religious platform was Baroness Phillip Orsody, a sister of Baron Moritz Herzog von Csete, who until 1919 was an executive member of the Budapest Jewish community.

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