ZURICH (Aug. 2)
The Swiss radio today announced that representatives of the International Red Cross in Hungary have been permitted to extend relief to Jews thee and to facilitate their emigration from the country.
The Red Cross representatives have been allowed to visit Jewish homes and hospitals allocated to Jews, the announcement said. They have also visited two Jewish internment camps and arranged relief for the internees there.
“The Red Cross representatives will not only devote their full attention to the problems connected with relief for the Jews, but will also try to make the emigration of Jews from Hungary easier through the medium of the delegations of the International Red Cross in Budapest, Bucharest, London and Washington, the broadcast said.
The official Hungarian Telegraph Bureau today takes issue with the statement made last Friday in the House of Commons by George Hall, Under-Secretary of the Foreign Office, who said that the British Government has considered the advisability of granting British nationality to Jews in occupied territories, but does not believe that merely verbal protection will help these Jews. Commenting on this statement, the Hungarian news agency says that “the British strike a very humble and unassuming note as soon as it is a question of providing real help, and not of merely broadcasting propaganda phrases. They prefer that the Swedes should look after the Jews.”
Neutral correspondents report from Budapest that the Hungarian Cabinet may soon be reshuffled, with Minister of the Interior Andre Jaross, Laszlo Endre, Under Secretary for Jewish Affairs, and Laszlo Baky, Secretary of the Ministry, being eliminated from the government “because their names were too often mentioned in the foreign press in connection with the deportation of Jews from Hungary.”
Hungarian newspapers reaching here today report that the anti-Jewish film “Changing of the Guards,” which attacks non-Jews who display sympathy with Jews, will soon be shown again in Budapest “because of its topical interest.” The film was first shown in Budapest eighteen months ago. The German Ambassador and prominent political and military officials will attend the first performance, the papers announce.
The Nazi Transkontinent Press reports today from Budapest that in view of the large number of Jews seeking to enter the Christian church to evade deportation, the authorities have announced that baptized Jews will not be permitted to discard the yellow star which all Jews must wear.
Neutral observers in Switzerland are watching with great interest the developments in Hungary with regard to Jews, as an indication of the extent to which the present Hungarian Cabinet is willing to take orders from Berlin now that the Russians are close to the gates of Hungary and the Turkish Government has severed diplomatic and economic relations with Germany.