Hungarian Government Offered Plan to Exchange Jews for War Prisoners

Hungarian newspapers reaching here today report that Jewish leaders in Budapest have proposed to the Hungarian Government a plan of alleviating the situation of the Jews in Hungary by exchanging thousands of them for Hungarian war prisoners held by the Allies, as well as for Hungarians residing in killed countries.

The Budapest Jewish leaders, according to the Hungarian press, have also suggested that the government permit the emigration of Jews who could be admitted to central countries on the basis that they would be supported there by their relatives in foreign lands.

The Nazi Transkontinent press reports today that the pro-German Sztojay government has established a “political police force” to carry out the anti-Jewish decrees. A special “detective group” of the force has been entrusted with preventing circumvention of the laws requiring the confiscation of Jewish property. As one of their first steps, the “detectives” seized 20 cases of art treasures from the family of the noted Jewish industrialist Baron Alphonse Weiss, including, it is reported, 83 kilograms of gold, jewelry and diamonds.

The director-general of the Budapest Art Museum, meanwhile, announced that as a result of the confiscation of many rare paintings from Jews, including works of El Greco, Velasquez, Goya, Rembrandt, Van Dyke, Gaugin and Rubens, the museum now has the finest collection of Spanish paintings outside of Madrid.

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