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Hungarian Minister Announces Government’s Decision to Liquidate All Jews in Hungary

The Hungarian Government has decided to liquidate all Jews in the country, it was announced today over the Budapest radio by Ador Jaross, the Hungarian Minister of the Interior, while information received here from other sources confirmed reports that 400,000 Jews have already been deported from Hungary to Poland and that the deportation of 350,000 more Jews will start this week.

The announcement by the Minister of the Interior stated: “War cannot be carried on with a million enemies within our country. Therefore, the Jewish problem must be solved. And the government has decided to solve it. Only now have the real intentions of the Jews been revealed. We have discovered wireless transmitters, arms, hand grenades, explosives and huge fortunes in the vacated Jewish flats.”

A message received here by the Polish Government from the underground movement in Poland, dated June 25, says that approximately 400,000 Jews have arrived from Hungary and that room is being made in camps for hundreds of thousands of additional Jews. At the same time, the Robotnik, Polish Socialist paper published in London, reports today the details of how the Germans are exterminating thousands of Jews in gas chambers in the Oswiecim camp in order to make room for more deportees. The paper tells the gruesome story of how 3,800 Jews who were deported from Czechoslovakia to Oswiecim were treated well for some time and told to write letters to their relatives stating that they dwelt under “good conditions,” but after the letters were sent off, all the 3,800 were driven into gas chambers and asphyiated.

PANIC AMONG JEWS IN BUDAPEST GROWS; JEWS PLEAD FOR LIFE

Reliable reports reaching here during the last few days state that panic has spread among the Jews in Budapest because of the deportations which are expected to start this week from the Hungarian capital. The Jews in Budapest, the reports state, are pleading for their lives. They are appealing to the Hungarian Government to classify them as Palestine citizens and to treat them as such, and on the other hand they are threatening, in despair, that reprisals will certainly be taken against Germans interned in Allied countries if they are murdered.

Most of the reports reaching here from Hungary through underground channels are extremely pessimistic regarding the immediate fate of all the Jews in Hungary. They emphasize that unless severe reprisals are taken in the countries of the United Nations, the Hungarian Jews will be annihilated as were the Jews of Poland and other occupied countries.

The London press reports today from Stockholm that the German press continues to complain that there are still Jews in the city of Budapest who have not yet been removed to the ghetto. “Many of the finest and most modern buildings in Budapest are displaying the Mogen Dovid,” the Deutsche Zeitung is quoted as grumbling. “It is high time that the Jews residing there were removed into the barracks in the poorest quarters of the city.” The paper is also reported as expressing dissatisfaction with the fact that “of 11,000 Christians living in buildings marked with the Mogen David, only 500 protested.”

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