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Jews in Hungary Restricted to Two Square Meters Rooming Space

Acting under the existing anti-Jewish regulations, the Hungarian authorities have allotted only 2,800 apartments to the 250,000 Jews of Budapest who have been moved into ghettos, it was reported here today from the Hungarian capital.

More than 28,000 Jewish apartments have been vacated in Budapest by the removal of the Jews. The central body of Hungarian Jewry, which is acting as a liaison group between the Jews and the Hungarian authorities, was notified that no more than two square meters of housing space will be allotted to each Jew in the ghetto dwellings. Jewish doctors will be permitted to have a reception room in addition to their living quarters.

The policy of the Hungarian Government to concentrate all the Jews of Budapest in areas exposed to Allied air raids has already produced its first ghastly results. The Hungarian Telegraphic Agency today reports that the Jewish hospital and seven Jewish houses in Budapest, located in the ghetto section of the city, have been hit by Allied bombs. No details are given as to the number of casualties.

The Budapest radio today announced that beginning July 1, men in the Jewish Labor Service in Hungary allowed to correspond with their families, will have to use special yellow post-cards. The cards, the announcement said, will have “reply cards” attached, on which return addresses must be filled by the Jews in the labor service before mailing, otherwise the family will not be able to respond. Postal authorities are instructed not to accept any communications for Jews in the labor service except on the yellow “reply cards,” the broadcast warned.

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