Jews from Hungary Reach Lisbon on German Planes; Panic Among Jews in Budapest

Jewish refugees from Hungary are beginning to arrive in Lisbon in small groups, aboard German planes, it was reported here today from Portugal.

During the last few days thirty-three Jews arrived there from Hungary by plane, the report said. They are mainly members of wealthy Jewish families in Budapest. All of them have transit visas to overseas countries.

Other reports reaching here today state that the Jewish population in Budapest is panic-stricken as a result of the first deportations of Jews to Poland. Jews dare not appear in the streets for fear of being rounded up and deported. The situation has reached a point where the Hungarian authorities have instructed the central Jewish representative body in Budapest to denounce as false the rumors that Jews who are stopped in the street to prove their identity are being arrested.

The London press today carries articles severely condemning Hungary and other Nazi countries for the increased anti-Jewish measures there. The Evening Standard says in an editorial that “the butcheries of British airmen by the Germans is small as compared with the cold-blooded and persistent campaign which Hitler is still conducting against his first enemies, the Jews.” The News-Chronicle similarly compares the German atrocities against British fliers with the “Nazi practice of killing off Jews and returning their ashes to relatives.” Both papers emphasize that the people in occupied countries must be told repeatedly that the German atrocities will be avenged.

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