LONDON (Jul. 23)
An attempt has been made to kidnap Regent Nicholas Horthy of Hungary and overthrow the puppet Sztojay Government because of developments resulting from the position of the Jews in the country, according to conflicting reports received here today.
One report said that the attempt, which failed and resulted in the arrest of several of the alleged conspirators, was made by members of the pro-Nazi cabinet who had become alarmed at the economic dislocation and suffering in Hungary because of the ouster of Jews from commerce and industry.
Another report, quoted by the diplomatic correspondent of the News-Chronicle, says that the attempt was motivated by Horthy’s reported recent efforts to prevent the further deportation of Jews. The correspondent adds that there has been an intensification of friction between pro-Semites and anti-Semites since introduction of the anti-Jewish measures.
The Daily Herald reports from Lisbon that a committee of Hungarian diplomats has issued a protest which “views with horror and disgust the crimes of Hungarian quislings against Jews and others.” The declaration warns that excuses about taking orders from superiors will not be accepted when the time for justice comes. The committee, according to the Herald dispatch, includes the Hungarian ministers at Berne, the Vatican, Madrid, Lisbon and Stockholm.