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Hungarian Anti-jewish Bill Awaits Horthy’s Signature; Passed by Senate

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The bill imposing sweeping curbs on participation of Jews in Hungary’s economic and cultural life was today awaiting signature of Regent Nicholas Horthy, the final step before enactment into law. After a brief debate, the measure was adopted yesterday by the Senate. It had been passed on May 13 by the Chamber of Deputies.

Introduced by the Daranyi Cabinet as a concession to Nazi agitation, the bill establishes 20 per cent quotas on employment of Jews in industry, finance, commerce, the theatrical profession and journalism. Resignation of the Daranyi Government, on the same day the Chamber passed the bill, for failure to stem the Nazi movement, and formation of a new regime under Bela Imredy failed to affect the anti-Jewish measure. An important provision of the bill, and one which drew criticism of Catholic prelates, defines as Christians all baptized before August 1, 1919.

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