Hungarian Papers Silent on Horthy Offer to Release Jews

Hungarian papers reaching here today are silent concerning the offer of Regent Horthy to permit the emigration of Jewish children under ten and also adults who possess Palestine visas. The papers continue to press for even stronger measures against the Jews.

Meanwhile, there is further indication that Hungary is feeling the pinch of having many of its skilled workers and administrators ousted. Yesterday the Ministry of the Interior issued an order permitting “full freedom of movement” to Jews working in enterprises important to the war effort, if they secure permits from the local chief of police.

Budapest newspapers reveal the arrest of another group engaged in smuggling Jews out of the country. Sandor Skultety, the head of a tourist bureau, as well as a “prominent personality” and nine peasants are charged with organizing the flight of fifty Jews. Rumanian newspapers report that the authorities there are no longer imprisoning Jews captured crossing the border from Hungary illegally, but are compelling them to return.

A special intercession service for the persecuted Jews in Hungary was held here today by the Geneva consistory of the National Protestant Church. The services in St. Gervais church were attended by a large throng including prominent Christian and Jewish leaders. The prayer read was the same as that delivered in Protestant churches in Holland in 1942.

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