Hungary May Dissolve Only Existing Jewish Representative Body in Budapest

The Central Jewish Association in Budapest, which serves as a liason group between the Jews of Hungary and the Hungarian authorities, may soon be dissolved.

An indication to this effect was given by laszlo Endre, Hungarian Commissioner for Jewish Affairs. In a statement to the Hungarian press he charged the Jewish representative body with “being incapable of discharging its duties.”

The Central Jewish Association is headed by Dr. Samuel Stern, an outstanding Jew in Hungary who was held in high esteem by all Hungarian governments prior to the present pro-Nazi regime. He had been for many years the president of the Budapest Jewish community.

Hungarian newspapers reaching here today report the arrest of a Catholic priest, Egon Turcsanyi, for aiding Jews “by trying to supply them with forged identification documents.” The report says that the priest placed an order with several firms for stationery and a rubber stamp bearing the inscription “Roman Catholic Church Dicoese of Trieste” and intended to issue certificates of baptism to Jews in order to save them from the anti-Jewish measures. The firms which received the orders denounced the priest to the authorities, the report reveals.

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