STOCKHOLM (Sep. 7)
With the defeat of Germany in sight, Swedish relief groups are now distributing a questionnaire among refugees from Germany and Austria who have been living in Sweden for several years asking them whether they intend to return to their native lands rather the war is over.
The Swedish press today renewed its warning to Hungary regarding the consequences of the intensified anti-Jewish persecution. The same papers also address a warning to Germany which has refused to permit the passage of Jews from Hungary to Sweden through the Reich.
The Degens Nyheter, leading Swedish newspaper, says: “The new Swedish demarche to the Hungarian Government with regard to the Jewish situation there has a disquieting background. Reports from Budapest indicate increased German pressure in dealing with the Jewish question. The Hungarians find it difficult at present to resist this pressure. Continued alertness, and if necessary demarches, have been promised by Sweden and Switzerland. All influential circles in Hungary and Germany must understand that those cooperating in the oppression of defenseless Jews will be punished. Even sins of omission may be judged seriously. Let Germans and Hungarians beware!”
Meanwhile, it was reported here today that the Hungarian Government is speeding the disposal of confiscated Jewish property, especially farm land. Another report stated that all Jewish man and women throughout Hungary, between 14 and 70 years of age, have been called up for labor service to work on fortifications under an order issued by the War Minister.