3 Hungarian Nazi Groups Discuss Merger

Hungary’s three pro-Nazi groups have begun active conversations with a view to fusion, political sources revealed today. The parties are the Hungarian National Socialists, having 60,000 followers, whose leader Major Ferench Szalasy is at present serving a three-year prison term for treason, and whose appeal is to be heard by the Supreme Court on Aug. 18; the National Socialist Party, more commonly called the “Arrow-Cross,” led by Count Alexander Festetics, having 20,000 followers; and the National Socialists of Count Palffy, numbering 10,000.

These parties were understood to believe they could, when fused, gain considerable electoral support in next year’s elections. In general their programs are similar, so that a fusion is regarded as quite practicable. The Hungarian Nazis advocate breaking up of the large landed estates, and elimination of Jews from the cultural life of the State. The more radical Nazis wish to eliminate them from the economic life of the country as well.

In foreign affairs the Nazis wish to detach Slovakia from Czechoslovakia and Transylvania from Rumania and annex them to the Hungarian State. The general orientation of the parties is toward the Third Reich but they also argue that friendship with Italy and Poland must be maintained. Their ultimate aim, after annexing Slovakia and Transylvania, is to secure cooperation among the Danubian states under Hungarian supremacy.

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