Organization Assisting Jews to Escape to Hungary Discovered in Slovakia

The Berlin Radio reported today that an organization engaged in helping Jews from Slovakia to cross the frontier into Hungary has been discovered in the Slovakian city of Kosice. All members of the group are now under arrest, the broadcast said. The organization was uncovered when nine Slovakian Jews who attempted to cross the Slovak-Hungarian frontier and three Slovak railway workers who helped them, were arrested the announcer said.

The Nazi Transkontinent agency, in a German-language dispatch to European countries today said that preparations had been begun in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, for the sale of houses taken from the Jews. “The total value of these houses, requisitioned in 1941, was assessed at 1,300,000,000 crowns,” the broadcast said. “The state may purchase for its own purpose real estate to the value of 100,000,000 crowns. The remainder of the property will be sold to private buyers.”

The Gardista, the organ of the Hlinka Guard, Slovakian storm troop organization, reports that the Association of Public Employees of Slovakia has demanded that preference be given its members in purchasing houses taken from Jews. The group says that present regulations, which provide that the purchase price be paid within 45 days after the date the property is “Aryanised,” have made it impossible for state employees to buy any houses. It demands that a fund be set up to enable to assist these employees to secure “Aryanized” property.

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