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Hungary Restricts Jewish Doctors to Treating Jewish Patients

Jewish doctors in Hungary, who have been exempt from the anti-Jewish laws because of the acute shortage of physicians, have been ordered to treat only Jewish patients, the Nazi Transkontinent press reports today. The order will be waived for doctors who served in the army. All Jewish physicians, however, must mark their nameplates with a “conspicuous Jewish star.”

Hungarian newspapers have now taken up the cudgels for “Hungarian wheat.” Several newspapers attack the Association of Bakers for not issuing orders that “only Hungarian and non-Jewish bakers may bake bread from Hungarian wheat.” It asks that the association expel its Jewish members.

The Hungarian radio announced today that 2,000 libraries and 200 bookshops have already surrendered books by Jewish authors in their possession. “While the withdrawal of Jewish books is of inestimable significance in cleansing Hungarian spiritual life, the measure also effects a considerable economy in paper,” the broadcaster said.

Hungarian fascist papers are clamoring for dismissal of officials who they claim are “pro-Jewish.” One of their principal targets is Sandor Bernharth, mayor of Baja. The papers quote a statement made by him in 1937, when he openly announced that “despite the racial theory which is steadily developing in this century” he did not intend to break off his contacts with Jews.

Meanwhile, officials charged with carrying out the anti-Jewish laws have started a hunt in the universities for Jews who have denied their origin. Several such professors and instructors have been dismissed and other dismissals are pending.

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