Jews in Hungary Ordered “to Surrender All Arms” or Face Death Penalty

An order instructing Jews in Hungary “to surrender all arms in their possession within twenty-four hours” was broadcast today over Hungarian radio stations. The order specified that the arms must be delivered to the local post offices. Violation of the order will be punished by death.

The reluctance of many Christian families to leave dwellings in areas which have been designated ghettos is resulting in complications for Hungarian officials charged with transferring all Jews into segregated districts, the Hungarian newspapers disclose.

In the city of Gyor, in northwestern Hungary, the Jews were given 24 hours to move into the ghetto and non-Jewish residents of the district were given the same time to evacuate. The non-Jews, however, who were offered the homes of the Jews in exchange, hesitated to move. When the Jews arrived carting their possessions in baby-carriages, hand-carts and other vehicles, they had no place to go, and were forced to remain in the court-yards and streets. Only after several days did the non-Jews move.

The Budapest Lawyers Chamber has asked the public to remove as soon as possible any documents which are stored in the offices of Jewish lawyers. The administrators of the confiscated offices cannot be responsible for such documents, the announcement said.

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