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Sweden Willing to Aid Hungarian Jews; Press Says 250,000 Been Deported

The Swedish radio and press commenting today on the reported Hungarian offer to the Red Cross to release certain categories of Jews states that Sweden is ready to do everything possible to assist the endangered Jews. The Swedish radio declared that “if Sweden can contribute to the humane solution of the problem, we will certainly not hesitate.”

Stockholm newspapers say that no more than 250,000 Jews have been deported from Hungary, asserting that the commonly accepted figure of 400,000 is based on erroneous reports from Hungarian provincial newspapers. They stress that the main task at present is to secure visas for the Hungarian Jews.

The small neutral countries, the papers continue, would be willing to admit refugees from Hungary provided they receive guarantees that the refugees would be repatriated after the war and that their upkeep would be defrayed by the Allies.