Berlin (Nov. 30)
Budapest reports received here indicate that the leaders of the attempted rising in Hungary were in relations with the German Nazi leaders. The programme of the Hungarian plotters shows remarkable resemblances to the plan of action discovered at the Hitlerist headquarters in Hesse, including the point about starving out the Jews.
The arrested leaders of the Hungarian movement include, it is stated, Ferdinande Varnay and Franz Molnar, who assassinated Deputy Dr. Wilhelm Vaszonyi, the Hungarian-Jew who was minister of Justice and was leader of the Democratic Legitimists Party in Hungary.
The similarity between the plan and programme of the leaders of the attempted Hungarian putsch and the plan of action discovered by the German police in the Hitlerist headquarters in Hesse was emphasised to-day in the course of a debate on the subject in Parliament. The plotters intended, it is revealed, to starve cut the Jews by means of food-control worked in such a way that Jews would not be allowed to hold food-cards. It was also intended to confiscate Jewish property, one of the means to be employed to this end being to seize hundreds of wealthy Jews, and place them against a wall facing a row of machine-guns, and then threaten them with “Your money or your life”. It was also intended to dynamite synagogues all over the country, while services were being held.
The plot was in no way connected with the Legitimist movement, it is now explained in an official police communique, and the Minister of the Interior claimed to-day that it was not even political, but was purely criminal. He was asked why the prisoners are in that case detained in a military prison, and his reply was that they are dangerous persons and it is easier to keep a watch over them in a military prison.
Franz Molnar and Ferdinand Vernay, who attacked Deputy Vaszonyl in the streets of Budapest in February 1926, and inflicted injuries from which he never recovered, dying the same year, were both members of the Awakening Magyars, and of the Hejjaz pogromist bands, and Molnar was one of the leaders of the notorious pogrom at Szolnock in 1920.