BERNE (Feb. 19)
Jews in Hungary were perturbed today over what the future may hold for them as Parliament announced the election of lstvan Horthy, who is known to be reactionary and anti-Jewish, as vice-Regent of Hungary. Istvan was chosen by the Parliament from a list of three candidates submitted by his father, Admiral Nicholas Horthy, the Regent.
In contrast to his younger brother who is liberal and strongly pro-Jewish, the new vice-regent during the last few years has openly associated with anti-Jewish elements and for some time was the candidate of the anti-Semitic Arrow Cross Party for the Regency. It is known that he was openly pro-Nazi until a recent clash with the Nazis when the German military command tried to exert pressure on Hungary with a view of taking over the management of the Hungarian State Railways of which he was the head.
Hungarian circles in Switzerland predicted today that with the election of young Horthy the position of the Jews in Hungary will definitely become more precarious than ever. They pointed out that while international complications in the past have cured Admiral Horthy of his anti-Semitic tendencies, this is not true of Istvan, who will very likely accede to the Nazis request for more extreme anti-Jewish measures.