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Hungarians Shoot Russians Caught Talking to Jews in Occupied Villages

Russians or Ukrainians caught talking to Jews in Hungarian-occupied villages in the Soviet Ukraine were summarily executed, according to the text of an order issued by the Hungarian military authorities, a copy of which – secured from a captured officer – was made public here today by the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee.

The order, which was divided into three sections, instructed “all Jews to register with the military authorities immediately,” warned that “any Jew failing to do so would be shot” and stated that “every Russian found talking to Jews will be shot.”

The Committee also released the testimony of the captured Hungarian officer, a Major Ciciatricsis, who admitted that the order was mainly “theory” and that in practice, all the Jews in the captured villages were executed within 24 hours after the Hungarian troops entered.