All Jews in Budapest Ordered to Leave Their Homes by End of This Month

The official German news agency DNB today reported from Budapest that an order has been issued there under which all Jews of the city will have “to live together” by June 30. Those Budapest Jews who have not yet moved from their homes into the recently established ghetto districts will have to arrange for “voluntary moving” before the end of this month.

The order specifies that no Jewish family can occupy more than one room and that all houses where Jews reside must have a “clearly-visible, 30-centimeters-high, Star of David displayed at the front door.”

The Hungarian news service reports that four Protestant clergymen and one rabbi will be placed on trial on the charge that they jointly conspired to issue certificates of baptism to Jews in order to save them from the anti-Jewish laws. Rabbi Bende of Kispet, the rabbi involved, has allegedly admitted to the authorities that at his intervention the four clergymen issued the baptismal certificates to Jews without baptizing them.

The Budapest radio today reported that 3,000 Jews who had been segregated in a small ghetto in the city of Debrecen have suddenly been transferred to a larger ghetto where many thousands of Jews are being held. They were not permitted to take along with them more than fifty kilograms of luggage each. The evacuated ghetto was thoroughly searched by police and custom officials and all valuables were confiscated.

The broadcast also reported that 560 Jewish dwellings have been handed over to non-Jewish applicants in Szombathely. In Rimaszombat three non-Jews were arrested for attempting to smuggle eight Jews from Hungary to Slovakia. Each of these Jews was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment, after which he will be sent to a concentration camp.

A demand that Jews be removed from the ghettos and deported was voiced in Budapest by Zoltan Bosnyak, head of the Hungarian Research Institute on Jews. The deportation of Jews is the only means of preserving the racial purity of the Hungarian nation, he asserted.

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