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1,500,000 Acres of Land Taken from Jews in Hungary, Prime Minister Reports

The Swiss radio today quoted the Hungarian Prime Minister Nicholas von Kallay as announcing that more than 1,500,000 acres of land held by Jews have been expropriated since he assumed office in March, 1942. Two-thirds of it, he said, has been allocated to Hungarian farmers who have served in the war, while the remainder will be turned over to “Aryans” before the end of this year.

At the same time the Budapest radio today broadcast a denial of the report disseminated by Vichy to the effect that all real estate held by Jews will be confiscated and distributed among Hungarian Christians.

The broadcast from the Hungarian capital emphasized that the order instructing Jews to register their property with the authorities by July 1, which was published in the Hungarian official gazette on June 24, is not a new measure. This decree, the broadcast said, is merely aimed at checking to what extent Jews have registered their property under a previous law issued in September of last year.

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