Swedish Red Cross Can No Longer Carry on Relief Activities for Jews in Hungary

The Swedish Red Cross, which played an important role in furnishing relief to Jews in Hungary, is no longer in a position to operate in the part of Hungary still held by the pro-Nazi Hungarian Government, or in the Hungarian territory liberated by the Russian Army, it was indicated here today by prince Carl, chairman of the Red Cross.

In a statement to the Swedish press, prince Carl said: “Our relief activities in Hungary, which were carried out with the help of the Swedish legation in Budapest, served primarily the Jewish population, since the Jews in Hungary were in need of most urgent relief as victims of the worst persecution.”

Emphasizing that the Swedish Red Cross did the maximum it could for Jews in Hungary and for Jewish children’s institutions there, Prince Carl continued, “In the latter part of this past autumn our representatives in Hungary met with increasing difficulties in carrying out their relief program. Unrestricted terror was imposed upon the Jews at the end of November. Many thousands of Jews were driven afoot to Germany, while others were deported to unknown destinations. Since the Arrow-Cross leaders took power in one part of Hungary and the Russian Army entered part of Budapest, Swedish relief has grown increasingly difficult. We can only suppose that the Swedish Red Cross has now ceased activity in Hungary.”

The Court of Appeals in Stockholm today fined the anti-Semitic publisher Einar Aaberg 100 kroner for provocative behavior in front of the city hall. The Danish press service today reports that Carl Robert Fredriksen, who was “liquidated” last week in Denmark was an “expert on anti-Semitism” who joined the Nazi party in Denmark in its early stage of formation and who specialized in supplying material for investigating the racial descent of individuals.

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