Stockholm (Sep. 8)
Italy’s unconditional surrender to the Allies will have repercussions not only in the Balkan countries, but also in Hungary and will affect the position of the Jews there, it is predicted in the Swedish press today, which emphasizes that Hungary now has the largest Jewish population in Central Europe.
The Goeteborg Handels-och Sjofarts-Tidning, a Swedish liberal evening paper, takes the occasion to again warn against the systematic attempts which are now being made by Hungarian propaganda to present the position of the Jews in Hungary in a favourable light as compared with the treatment of Jews in other parts of Europe.
“The Hungarian anti-Jewish policy,” the paper writes, “has culminated in the massacres of Jews in the territories occupied by Hungarian troops. The present regime in Hungary attempted to annihilate the Jews in the country by sending them to the notorious labor battalions on the Russian front. The Hungarian parliament rejected the suggestion that Jews be forced to wear a yellow badge by only one vote. As to deportation of Jews, the Hungarian government refrained from expulsions only when it learned that Germany was demanding from Slovakia the delivery of all property confiscated from deported Jews.”