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Hungary’s Primate Asks Exemption for Converts, but Backs Measures Against Jews

Justinian George Cardinal Seredi, Primate of Hungary, restated before the Upper Chamber deliberating on the bill to restrict Jewish participation in Hungarian life his objection to the bill on the grounds of its including Jews converted to the Christian religion.

On the other hand, he declared, he considered as legitimate measures which would repress those Jews who had allegedly sought to destroy Christian morality and discredit in literature and art, and on the stage and screen “all that is held sacred and inviolate by Christians and the Fatherland’s religious family.”

“We wish to stress our viewpoint in principle,” said the Cardinal, “but we do not wish to cause any difficulties to the Government or nation. Therefore we consent to a legitimate and justified repression of Jews for the protection of the nation.”

Premier Paul Teleki said he favored a radical solution of the Jewish problem, because only such a solution could avoid possibilities of injustice. The debate on the bill will be resumed Monday.