BERLIN (Mar. 9)
Hungarian Jews, attempting to stage a stock market coup, were responsible for reports that German Nazis were behind last week’s abortive putsch in Budapest, Nazi spokesmen declared today in formally denying German instigation of the alleged plot against the Hungarian Government, the Havas News Agency reported.
The Semi-official German News Bureau also denied that German Ambassador Hans Georg von Mackensen’s sudden departure from Budapest was due to exposure of the plot. The ambassador merely left for a three-week vacation in Greece, the agency insisted. It failed to mention whether or not he would return to Hungary, however.
Nazi newspapers and party spokesmen declared that “Jews had circulated rumors of the putsch to poison the international atmosphere.”
This was a curious about-face from the stand taken by the official party organ, Voelkischer Beobachter, on Sunday when it said that “groups of Hungarian extreme Rightists” had placed Germany and von Mackenson in an embarrassing position through their “grotesque and absurd accusations.” The Voelkischer Beobachter article made no mention of the Jewish “stock market coup” which apparently has just been “discovered.”