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Germans Deporting Hungarian Jews at Night to Avoid Clashes with “angry Mobs”

The deportation of Hungarian Jews has been carried out in recent weeks mostly at night in order to avoid clashes with “angry mobs” who attempt to rescue the Jews, it is reported in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet quoted by the Office of War Information today.

Opposition of the Hungarian people – peasants, workers and intellectuals – to the persecution of Jews intensifies daily, according to the paper. Although the Nazi-controlled press continues to appeal to the people not to help the Jews, it has reported that in Nagyvarad more than 160 persons were accused of aiding them and that in Szabadka a leading municipal official was imprisoned for helping Jews to escape. The vice-governor of the province of Pest complained recently that five high officials in his province had hidden Jews in their homes and rescued their goods.

The Svenska Dagbladet said that many factories in Hungary had “nearly stopped production” and that some had stopped completely because “inefficient Nazi commissars” have succeeded the Jewish directors and engineers.

The Hungarian MTI news agency reported today that the anti-Semitic publication “Harc,” which is the official organ of the “Hungarian Institute of Research on Jewish questions,” has been closed down by the pro-Nazi Sztojay Government for one month on the ground that it “prejudiced the country’s foreign policy.” The dispatch, which was reported by United States Government monitors, did not specify the offenses for which the paper had been suppressed.

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